Australian PM: Trump must learn to accept media


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Donald Trump had embarked on a futile exercise, when he picked a fight with the United States media.

Turnbull, speaking to journalists in New Zealand on Friday, said the sooner Trump learned that a critical media came with the territory, when occupying top office, the better.

"A very great politician, Winston Churchill, once said that politicians complaining about the newspapers is like a sailor complaining about the sea," said Turnbull.

"There is not much point. That is the media we live with and we have to get our message across and we thank you all in the media for your kind attention," added Turnbull.

Turnbull, who himself is a subject of considerable scrutiny in the media, will ultimately have to deal with Trump at several levels while he is still at the helm of Australia. He was questioned about his relations with Trump since he was sworn in.

"President Trump and I have had several calls now, very constructive calls. It was frank and forthright and it was very valuable," said Turnbull.