A PM&C spokesman said that was done at the request of the White House.EH??? How's that work? Bush comes to Australia, but still gets to determine protocols because he is the "host"?
"They are the hosts and they are running this," he said.
Rudd and Bush had a 45 minute chat, but it is off the record. Why? Because Bush wanted it that way:
Mr Rudd says he was not concerned about the request from Mr Bush to keep details of their discussions "off the record".Well, at least we all know where we stand with regard to the US Sheriff-Deputy Alliance. But if Howard gets cameras into his meeting with Bush and Howard doesn't, that is either inappropriate election shenanigans from the Libs, or further inappropriate US intrusion on the Australian political landscape.
"The President was the host of the discussions - I regard that as normal diplomatic discourse," he said.
UPDATE: Sure enough, the TV images of Rudd meeting Bush were rather odd-looking stills. Rudd has just been screwed by either Bush, or Howard, or both.