Thursday 18 August 2022 03:04 AM Donald Trump told Scott Morrison China 'f**ked the world' over Covid, Plagued ... trends now
The reported phone conversation between the two leaders happened on July 17, 2020, in a secure room in Canberra.
Covid was staring to run rampant around the globe and Mr Trump apparently had no qualms about expressing his feelings about who was to blame.
'It was a disgrace,' Mr Trump said, according to the book Plagued, by journalists Simon Benson and Geoff Chalmers that details Australia's political history during the pandemic.
'Look what they (China) have done to the world. They have f**ked the world.'
Donald Trump reportedly told Scott Morrison, when they were leading their respective countries in 2020, that by unleashing Covid China had 'f**ked the world'
According to the book, Mr Trump's crude expression surprised none of Mr Morrison's staff listening to the call because 'they had come to expect the unexpected when it came to Trump'.
A year earlier Mr Trump reportedly had already introduced Mr Morrison to a private meeting of G7 leaders as 'president of Australia'.
Australia's deteriorating relationship with China was a major international focus of Mr Morrison's time in office
The G7 is the gathering of the leaders from the world's largest democratic economies.
Not that Mr Morrison fared too much better with the next American president.
During a 2021 press conference to announce the AUKUS defence pact between Australia, the US and the UK, Joe Biden called Mr Morrison 'that fella Down Under'.
This was widely interpreted by Mr Morrison and his staff as showing Mr Biden had forgotten the prime minister's name.
The book, which seems to have very close and candid access to recollections and records kept by Mr Morrison and those around him, paints a somewhat worrying picture of Mr Biden being directed by staff at another G7 meeting.
According to a new book by two Australian reporters Joe Biden's staff 'kept him under wraps' during a G7 meeting of world leaders and worried he would say something embarrassing to the press
At another G7 meeting, the book stated 'Biden's handlers kept him under wraps... limiting his contact with leader'.
'He was late to functions, often left early and was kept away from press conferences to avoid embarrassing slip-ups.'