Trump congratulates new Australian leader: ‘No greater’ friend than Australia

Trump congratulates new Australian leader: ‘No greater’ friend than Australia
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President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE on Friday evening congratulated Scott Morrison on becoming Australia's next prime minister.

"Congratulations to new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison," Trump tweeted. "There are no greater friends than the United States and Australia!"

Trump's congratulatory message came after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was ousted earlier Friday by rivals within his center-right Liberal Party.


Morrison, who is currently Australia's treasurer, won an internal party vote over former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton by a margin of 45-40 to become the country's next prime minister.

Turnbull did not contest the vote, since it had become clear he had lost the support of the majority of his party's members, CNBC reported.

"There was a determined insurgency from a number of people both in the party room and backed by powerful voices in the media ... to, if not bring down the government, certainly bring down my prime ministership," Turnbull said at a press conference after being ousted from leadership. 

Trump had a fractious early relationship with Turnbull, whom he reportedly berated in a call shortly after entering office early last year over a refugee resettlement deal reached under the Obama administration.

The president reportedly told the leader of the U.S. ally that he had a better conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I have had it,” Trump told Turnbull during the call, according to a transcript reported later by The Washington Post. “I have been making these calls all day, and this is the most unpleasant call all day.”

Turnbull met with Trump while paying a visit to the White House earlier this year in what the Trump administration hailed at the time as an opportunity to celebrate "100 years of mateship."

Morrison is set to be Australia's sixth prime minister since 2007.