Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expressed anger after President Donald Trump met Brigitte Macron, the French First Lady, and commented on her physique.
Appearing on an Australian Broadcasting Corporation program Sunday, Bishop wondered if Mrs. Macron could have offered the same compliment to the U.S. President.
“It’s a rather interesting comment to make,” she said, adding, “I wonder if she could say the same of him?”
Pressed by the host if she found his comments “condescending,” Bishop deflected.
She said she is “not going to run a commentary” on the president’s comments about women or “his Twitter” habits. Instead, she said she wants to highlight the relationship between the U.S. and Australia to make it “one of the closest connections that two countries can have.”
As we reported, when the Trumps met the Macrons last week, the president noted that Mrs. Macron is “in such such good physical shape.”
In an interesting coincidence, the age difference between Donald (71) and Melania (47) Trump is the same as the difference between Brigitte (64) and Emanuel (39) Macron at around 25 years.
The Australian press highlighted Donald Trump’s history of sexist and misogynistic comments, not the least of which is the Access Hollywood tape in which he appeared to brag about sexually assaulting women.
Just recently, the president attacked a female cable news host on Twitter, revealing that she’d had a face lift procedure.
In October of 2016, model Vendela Kirsebom said that at a 1993 White House Dinner, Trump was “the most vulgar man” she’d ever met, and he couldn’t stop talking about women’s bodies and the size of their breasts.”
That same month, as we reported, Trump organization executive Barbara Res called her former boss “a blatant sexist.”
Yet, for Trump supporters at least, this is a “feature” and not a “bug.” A number of studies found that negative feelings towards women were a strong indicator of a voter’s likelihood to support Trump’s candidacy.
WATCH: POTUS to Mrs. Macron: "You're in such good shape. She's in such good physical shape. Beautiful." pic.twitter.com/DvJPF6aT5l
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 13, 2017
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