To the Washington-based embassies of Mexico and Australia, I’m sorry

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s me.

I was able to visit the Australian

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and Mexican

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embassies in Washington D.C. when I was there last month as the social media coordinator for The Washington Center’s Inauguration 2017 academic seminar.

Now we learn that President Trump has had a rather nasty spat with both nations.

The Hill reports the White House is spinning the dispute with Mexico by suggesting

The White House on Thursday confirmed that President Trump told Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto he might send the U.S. military across the border to deal with drug cartels and illegal immigration if Mexican authorities do not. …

An official told The Associated Press, which on Wednesday published a partial transcript of the conversation, that the remark was meant to be “lighthearted” and came in the context of a “pleasant and constructive” discussion about mutual efforts to fight drug cartels.

Then we learn that president had a rather blunt conversation with Australia’s prime minister. NPR notes Trump’s anger became evident when

the American leader [told] Australia’s prime minister that his was the “worst” phone call he received after his inauguration.

Late Wednesday night, the president vented his anger on Twitter, saying “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!”

Don’t forget that the president also reportedly hung up on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

So, the most logical conclusion here is that the President of the United States is out to embarrass me, and he’s doing it by insulting the countries whose embassies I was fortunate enough to recently visit.

Might be time for him to act like a president, though I think the chances of that are zero.

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