Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mocked President Trump in a speech before a crowd of journalists and politicians at the Australian Parliament’s Midwinter Ball.
In leaked audio from the speechâwhich is usually off the recordâTurnbull can be heard impersonating the president and his speaking style.
“The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls,” Turnbull said, according to an airing of the address posted by Australia’s Channel Nine. “We are winning so much. We are winning like we have never won before. We are winning in the polls. We are. We are. Not the fake polls. Not the fake polls. They’re the ones we’re not winning in. We’re winning in the real polls.”
Both Trump and Turnbull have struggled to perform well in recent opinion polls.
Continuing with his speech, the Australian prime minister went on to poke fun at the ongoing investigation into Trump’s campaign associates and their ties to the Russian government.
“You know the online polls. They are so easy to win. I know that. Did you know that? I kind of know that. I know that. They are so easy to win. I have this Russian guy. Believe me, it’s true. It is true,” Turnbull said.
Channel Nine decided to air the audio from Turnbull’s address at the Midwinter Ball after parts of his speech were posted on social media.
The event, held in Canberra, is similar to the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Turnbull later told an Australian radio station 3AW the bit was “light-hearted, affectionate, good natured.”
Trump and Turnbull’s relationship got off to a rocky start at the beginning of Trump’s presidency. In January, the two reportedly had a tense phone call where they discussed former President Barack Obama’s agreement with Australia to accept refugees from the country.
The pair then met in New York last month, and Trump said he and Turnbull “get along great” and “have a fantastic relationship.”