Australian Prime Minister has played down reports that he punched United States President Barack Obama during their recent meeting at the White House.
“Look, I don’t want to go into specifics about my dealings with the President,” said Mr Abbott.
“Let’s just say that there’ll always be minor disagreements, and differences of opinion, when discussing important issues.”
“It would be wrong to take one small thing – whether it be climate change or one man punching another – and then to blow it out of all proportion.”
White House insiders say that the physical altercation between the two leaders occurred after Mr Abbott stated that Australia was committed to spending more money on defence.
Mr Obama is said to have joked that Australia will need to, given the number of goals that will be scored against them in the World Cup.
Mr Abbott responded by punching the American President in the face.
No offence taken by either side
“Australia and the United States have always had a warm relationship,” Mr Abbott said at the subsequent press conference. “And nothing I say or do is going to change that.”
Mr Obama was more open about the punch, joking that he is used to being attacked by white men.
“Aussies know how to fight,” said the President. “I like to have them in a foxhole when we are in trouble.”
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