A private telephone conversation between Kevin Rudd and President Bush which was leaked to the media continues to haunt the Prime Minister. It was reported in The Australian newspaper that Kevin Rudd was stunned to hear the President ask “What’s the G20?”
Mr Rudd refuses to comment on the incident, which only adds fuel to the fire.
Kevin Rudd and his wife spent most of the 1980s overseas posted at the Australian embassies in Stockholm, Sweden and later in Beijing. This makes me wonder how a man who is so experienced in diplomatic relations, could make such an damaging remark.
As President Bush and the G20 world leaders meet today to discuss the current financial crises, I hope he has the common sense to raise the incident with the President and apologise for any embarrassment caused.