Obama is reportedly miffed that Australia has signed off on a lease for a Chinese company to operate Darwin’s port facility - which is in the same vicinity to hundreds of training US marines.
According to the Australian Financial Review, Obama told Turnbull he first heard about the port lease by reading it in the New York Times and said, "let us know next time."
Turnbull shot back at U.S. officials on Thursday: "I suggested (the U.S.) should invest in a subscription to the Northern Territory News."
"It was not a secret and I think it's important to support metropolitan newspapers right around Australia and especially in Darwin," said Turnbull.
"I suspect (the NT News will) give him a free one I've mentioned it now. He remembered with great affection his appearance on the front of the NT News with crocodile insurance."
When Obama visited the Territory, this was that sterling front page.
If the U.S. president did get a subscription he'd be kept up to date with serious territory political stories and also, well, this sort of gold...
And Australia's best newspaper is now ready for Obama's call.
Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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