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Trump gift leaves Australian PM Turnbull bemused

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks at a Donald Trump branded tie given to him by Grace Bishop Paula, Diocese of Tanta in Egypt (left) and Coptic Orthodox Bishop Daniel during his visit to the St Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Sydney, Australia, 25 June 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Repaired ties: Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump have reportedly put the past behind them

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull could only grin after receiving a cheeky gift of a pink tie emblazoned with the words "Donald J Trump".

The official Trump-branded item was given to Mr Turnbull as part of a joke by Sydney's Coptic Orthodox church.

His relationship with Mr Trump became a talking point after the US president was reported to have abruptly ended a phone call between the two in January.

Mr Turnbull later disputed this and the pair are said to have repaired ties.

The Australian prime minister smiled and posed with the silk necktie after receiving it from Grace Bishop Paula, from the Diocese of Tanta in Egypt, and Coptic Orthodox Bishop Daniel on Sunday.

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Image caption Mr Turnbull displays his Donald Trump-branded silk tie

Ties between Australia and the US were briefly strained after the leaders' famously difficult first phone call over a refugee resettlement agreement, which was initially made by former US President Barack Obama.

Mr Trump was said to have become irritated and broke off what was supposed to be an hour-long call after 25 minutes, later tweeting that the refugee deal was "dumb".

Earlier this month footage leaked to the media showed Mr Turnbull poking fun at Mr Trump at a dinner for the media.

But US and Australian brushed the incident off as harmless fun.

Mr Turnbull said his impersonation had received "mixed reviews".

"Everyone says politicians are too serious, too scripted. You gotta lighten up right? It's Australia," he said.

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