Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke shares his thoughts on how world leaders should deal with the newly elected President of the United States, Donald Trump. CREDIT: 60 Minutes
FORMER Prime Minister Bob Hawke has urged Australian and world leaders not to isolate new US president Donald Trump.
The former Labor leader said the US president’s rule is now “a fact of life” and world leaders must accept that.
“I think we should hold our hand out to Trump and say, ‘You’ve been elected, we accept that, and we want to talk confidently with you’,” he told the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program.
“If he is isolated by definition he’s going to rely on his own attitude and resources and ideas.” Mr Hawke said the world was in a “terrible situation” where there was not one outstanding leader anymore at a time when it’s needed more than ever.
The iconic Australian returned to the current affairs program with his wife Blanche d’Alpuget in a sequel to their controversial 1995 interview.
The interview with Roger Woolley, who also conducted their joint chat more than 20 years ago, covered a ranged of topics.
Ms d’Alpuget revealed in the update to their polarising love story, she didn’t know who her future husband was when they met.
“I had no idea who he was,” she said.
“But we sat down together on one of those swinging chairs and talked for about two hours.
“He was such an interesting man. and he was just of very good character. I perceived that immediately.”
Ms d’Alpuget was blamed for the breakdown of Mr Hawke’s marriage with his first wife Hazel.
“The fact that I was a writer and an international career out of the picture was simply airbrushed and I was portrayed as Bob’s much-younger trophy wife,” she said.
Mr Hawke also revealed his softer side by singing to his wife.
He also spoke about his love for cricket and beer after being given a standing ovation at the SCG earlier this month after skolling a drink.
“Without being sentimental, the Australian people, I really love what is between us,” he said.
“There’s a genuine rapport. Skolling a beer and the concept of an ex-PM seems to appeal to them.”