PressTV-Trump vows closer ties with Aussie’s new PM

US President Donald Trump has vowed to establish close ties with Australia’s newly-installed right-wing Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a congratulatory phone conversation, according to a White House account of the contact.

In a Saturday statement, the White House announced that Trump congratulated Morrison during the Friday phone call for his recent victory in a parliamentary vote, noting that the two would continue to “closely cooperate on priorities the two countries share.”

Morrison was installed as Australia’s seventh prime minister in 11 years on Friday after a stunning Liberal party revolt instigated by hardline conservatives ousted moderate Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull following a party backlash against his more liberal policies.

Former Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton — an ex-police officer and right-winger — was the driving force behind the effort to oust Turnbull, but after a torrid week of political…

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