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'World leaders are not Trump's staff or contestants on his TV show,' Congressman Eliot Engel says

Eliot Engel said Trump's advisers have 'no foreign policy backrground'. Credit: AP

A ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs has issued a strongly-worded statement criticising President Donald Trump's diplomacy with world leaders.

Congressman Eliot Engel said that reports of the President's call with world leaders, particularly allies, were "worrying".

"World leaders - particularly in allied countries - aren't the President's staff or contestants on his TV show and he shouldn't treat them that way," Engel said.

"There's no room for oversized egos, and bullies tend to isolate themselves on the global stage," he added.

He made the comments after Trump was reported to have had a tense telephone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Engel said that Trump's political advisers have "no foreign policy background" which he said was "undercutting American interests and undermining American alliances."

The statement comes a day after Trump's National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn said that the US is officially putting Iran "on notice" after Tehran tested a ballistic missile.

On Thursday, President Trump told reporters that "nothing is off the table" in response to Iran following Tehran's ballistic missile test.

The statement in full:

Reports over the last day of the President's calls with certain foreign leaders are worrying.

World leaders - particularly in allied countries - aren't the President's staff or contestants on his TV show, and he shouldn't treat them that way.

We rely on our ties with other countries to enhance security around the world and advance the interests of the United States and our partners.

Diplomacy is a complex and fraught business. There's no room for oversized egos, and bullies tend to isolate themselves on the global stage.

Rather than abruptly pushing away America’s closest friends and allies, the President should avail himself of our diplomats’ expertise to cultivate key relationships and strengthen our alliances.

Two weeks of relying on political advisers who have no foreign policy background is already undercutting American interests and undermining American alliances. I urge the President to reverse course before we have no allies left.

– Representative Eliot Engel