The Breakdown: Julie Bishop Hits Back at Trump Comments on French First Lady


President Emmanuel Macron of France and his wife, Brigitte, greeting President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during the arrival ceremony in Paris last week. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

The Breakdown puts a selection of Australia’s daily news into context. Today’s picks:

Foreign Minister comments on Trump commenting on women.

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“I Wonder if She Could Say the Same of Him.”

[embedded content] Julie Bishop’s interview with Insiders on ABC News. ABC Insiders

Every so often, even the most steeled, line-toeing politicians will have a moment of authenticity crack through carefully crafted rhetoric.

On ABC’s “Insiders” on Sunday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was asked how she would react if President Trump told her, as he told the wife of President Emmanuel Macron of France, that she was in “good shape.”

“I’d be taken aback, I think. It’s a rather interesting comment to make,” she said. “I wonder if she could say the same of him.”

Ms. Bishop, as local media often likes to remind us, is a keen runner — and her comments suggest she’s clearly familiar with the double standards and sexism that often greets women who occupy power structures dominated by men who tend receive far less scrutiny of their physical appearance.

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