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Trump’s ‘local milk people’ comment leaves barn door wide open for online jokes

President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday during a Veterans Affairs Department "telehealth" event.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday during a Veterans Affairs Department "telehealth" event. AP

Online wags are milking a seemingly incongruous reference by President Donald Trump to “local milk people” in a transcript of a Jan. 27 call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made public Thursday.

The Washington Post published transcripts of Trump’s post-inauguration calls to Turnbull and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

In the call with Turnbull, Trump complains about an agreement between the United States and Australia negotiated by former President Barack Obama that would admit 1,250 refugees in Australia to the U.S. after security screening.

“I hate taking these people,” Trump said in the call. “I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people.”

Turnbull replied that the people in question are economic refugees denied entry to Australia because of a policy against human smuggling, not because they are accused of any crimes.

The call, like the one with Peña Nieto, quickly became acrimonious.

But it was Trump’s reference to “local milk people” that caught the fancy, and tickled the funny bones, of online posters.

Several people claimed the phrase as the name of their next band. (We suggest a milk-drinking contest to determine the winner).

Others, however, professed their confusion at all the fuss.

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