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Trump touts Australia's health system (to Bernie Sanders' delight)

11 May 2017

In speaking about that call on Thursday Trump said, : "It got a little bit testy, but that's okay".

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Donald Trump called his relationship with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull "fantastic" following a meeting in NY.

Mr Turnbull received similar backlash on social media for his appraisal of President Trump's congressional victory, which is expected to leave 24 million more Americans without health coverage by 2026, Reuters reported. As Trump gloated about how he thinks the bill will improve health care for Americans, he turned to Turnbull and said, "You have better health care than we do".

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He added that Americans will have a "great" system soon, referring to the just-passed House of Representatives health care bill.

On Thursday night, Trump raised eyebrows when he highly praised Australia's universal healthcare system even though that type of system is criticized by conservatives.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought to downplay Trump's comments to Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull said Mr Trump was different to former president Barack Obama.

Pressed later in the briefing on Trump's comments, Sanders maintained that the President was simply being nice to a fellow head of state. "That's great. Let's take a look at the Australian health care system", Sanders said. "What works in Australia may not work in the United States", she said.

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"Wait a minute!" Sanders said, following the explosion of laughter.

Last Friday, Trump made a decision to stick to the original statement- with an amendment: "Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do - everybody does", he posted to Twitter.

Mr Trump was seated with Mr Turnbull, Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey, Rupert Murdoch and Anthony Pratt.

Under the Trump replacement issues like diabetes, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, C-sections, sleep apnea, asthma, depression, and anxiety could be considered grounds for denying coverage or significantly higher premiums depending on the insurance company.

The World Health Organization ranked the 37th out of 191 countries on a study of overall national health system performance in 2016 - behind Australia, at 32, but well ahead of bottom-tier countries like Sierra Leone, Myanmar and Central African Republic.

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Trump touts Australia's health system (to Bernie Sanders' delight)