London: Tony Abbott has taken a swipe at world leaders Angela Merkel and Donald Trump in a wide-ranging essay in which he also states the threat of Islamist extremism is greater than climate change.
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Mr Abbott made the comments in a 1,000-word piece written for the Western n Liberal party’s policy journal The Contributor. He also hit out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, saying they were ” NormalfalsefalseEN-GBJAX-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-parent:””;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0cm;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Cambria;mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

Tony Abbott detailed his criticisms of several world leaders. Photo: AAP

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His criticisms are striking given n prime ministers consider the US the country’s closely ally and rarely criticise US presidents, especially when they come from the same ideological side.

When former Prime Minister John Howard who was close to President George W. Bush at the time, claimed Al Qaeda would be praying for the election of Barack Obama, he was widely condemned for his remarks.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has notably taken great care to avoid publicly criticising Mr Trump, even when leaked transcripts showed the tense telephone call he had with the US president about the refugee-swap deal. During that conversation, Mr Turnbull had to explain repeatedly ‘s policy of turning back asylum seeker boats and denying them permanent residency in .

Mr Trump told Mr Turnbull that it was the worst conversation he had with any world leader that day and that the conversation he had with Russian President Vladmir Putin was much better.

During that call, Mr Trump also claimed Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel told him she regretted her open-door policy towards up to one million refugees in 2015, which has contributed to a surge in support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). However on the weekend Mrs Merkel told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that she has no regrets and would make the same decision again.

Mr Abbott said Mrs Merkel had “exposed her country to what amounts to a peaceful invasion,” with the policy, which she has since revised. Mr Abbott has previously referred to the mass movements of migrants across Europe as a “peaceful invasion.”


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