Pro-Trump former Australian prime minister has change of heart and trashes him as a 'sore loser'
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In an interview with The Age, former Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott's on and off again love affair with Donald Trump is back in the dumps after Abbott took shots at the American ex-president for the way he has conducted himself since losing re-election in 2020.

According to the report, Abbott once considered the former New York real estate developer not prepared for the rigors of the job as the leader of the free world, claiming Trump was "uniquely under-qualified" for the job right before the 2016 election.

Abbott later became a fan of Trump's, believing he had delivered on his promises to the American public. As recently as early 2020, Abbott addressed the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C., and told his audience that Trump had exceeded his expectations.

"Much to the surprise of many … indeed, somewhat to my own surprise … I think he's been quite a success: his style sometimes grates, but he's been a very good president," he stated.

In his recent interview, Abbott -- who served as prime minister from 2013 to 2015 and in parliament until 2019 -- expressed disgust with Trump, who has contended that the 2020 election was stolen from him and then helped incite an insurrection on Jan 6th that had lawmakers fleeing for their lives.

"He has not behaved well since the election … I suppose he was always going to be a sore loser [and] you don't have to like losing, but you have got to respect the people's verdict," he stated. "And for all the things that might have looked a bit fishy on the [election] night, no court anywhere in the United States was convinced that there was anything fundamentally wrong."

In further conversation he softened his tone, saying history will likely judge Trump more favorably as time passes.

"While he might have been a sore loser, he was in many respects quite a good president, he … had great political integrity," he elaborated. "I suspect that history will be kinder to him than his contemporaries are being right now."

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