House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said Friday he's spoken with the Australian ambassador to the United States to remind him that his country still has many friends on Capitol Hill, but he wonders how many more such calls he'll need to make with President Donald Trump in office.
"I think experience would tell us over the last 10 days and, frankly, the last 15 months," the Maryland Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, when he was asked how many allies he'll be calling to apologize for White House statements and actions.
"Who knows what President Trump is going to do at any given moment and give offense to people that we need to have confidence in us?"
Hoyer said he called Ambassador Joe Hockey because he found it "extraordinarily unfortunate, apparently, that the conversation between Prime Minister [Malcolm] Turnbull of Australia and the president was such that clearly it was offensive to Turnbull."
Turnbull "handled himself very, very well and very diplomatically" after news broke claiming a telephone call between himself and Trump had gone badly.
The Australian Prime Minister disputed some of the reports, including claims that Trump hung up on him, and said the conversation ended "courteously."
Hoyer said he does believe new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made it apparent during his State Department speech on Thursday that he "understands that we are, in fact, in this together with our allies and we need to have the confidence of our allies, and we need to have full communication with our allies so they are not surprised and not put out on a limb."
However, Hoyer said he does not have confidence that Trump will learn that lesson, as "nothing in the last 15 months has given us confidence he will."
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