Who knew the U.S. would have so much beef with Australia in 2017?
During the Midwinter Ball -- the Australian version of the White House Correspondents dinner -- Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took the opportunity during an off-the-record speech to mock President Trump, imitating his speech patterns and poking fun at his own quest to repair relations, CNN reported.
Sounds hysterical. The only problem being that someone leaked a tape of Turnbull's remarks.
"The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls. We are winning so much! We are winning like we have never won before. We are winning in the polls. 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," Turnbull said.
The Australian PM also took the opportunity to poke fun at Trump's Russia troubles.
"[The polls] are so easy to win. I have this Russian guy. Believe me it's true, it is true."
Turnbull later went on Australian radio and lamented the fact that the speech was leaked, but said that everything he had uttered during the performance was in good humor, and that the subject of much of the derision in his words was himself.
"I guess what that means is next year at the Midwinter Ball I will read selected passages from Budget Paper Number 2 ... It's light-hearted, affectionate, good-natured and the butt of my jokes was myself," he said.
Turnbull got some useful advice from people in the know via social media.
The Midwinter Ball is generally understood to be off the record, but many supported the leak.