Malcolm Turnbull shrugs off White House's name and shame

  • 06/02/2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has responded to the White House repeatedly getting his name wrong – saying he takes no offence.

Mr Turnbull's relationship with President Donald Trump has been in the spotlight since the pair's first fractious phone call, which Mr Trump described as the "worst" of his discussions with world leaders.

Suggestions that Australia was not held in high regard by the new administration were then fuelled by White House spokesman Sean Spicer repeatedly mispronouncing Mr Turnbull's name as "Mr Trumble".

Mr Turnbull was asked by Australian media if he was offended by the diplomatic bungle, but the prime minister simply responded: "The important thing is results".

Mr Trump has indicated he will honour an Obama administration deal to resettle up to 1250 asylum seekers rejected by Australia, despite decrying the arrangement as a "dumb deal".