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Australian official calls Donald Trump Jr. a ‘big baby’ over canceled tour

Home Minister Claire O’Neil said poor ticket sales were the reason the former president’s eldest son called off his trip, rather than visa issues as organizers suggested.
Australian Home Minister Clare O’Neil and Donald Trump Jr.
Australian Home Minister Clare O’Neil and Donald Trump Jr. Getty Images file
/ Source: Reuters

SYDNEY — Australian Home Minister Clare O’Neil on Thursday called Donald Trump Jr. a “big baby,” after the son of the former U.S. president canceled a planned speaking tour.

The younger Trump, who had been booked on a three-day tour of Australia that was scheduled to begin in Sydney on Sunday, canceled the trip on Wednesday, with organizers suggesting the reason was visa issues.

“It seems America isn’t the only country that makes it difficult for the Trumps,” the group Turning Point Australia, which describes itself as a nonprofit in favor of “free markets and limited government,” said in a Facebook post.

But O’Neil, one of the highest-ranking ministers in the center-left Labor government led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, said Trump had been granted a visa, and poor ticket sales were the reason he called off his visit.

“Geez, Donald Trump Jr is a bit of sore loser,” she said in a series of posts on Twitter that were later deleted.

“Donald Trump Jr has been given a visa to come to Australia. He didn’t get canceled. He’s just a big baby, who isn’t very popular.”

It was not clear why the Twitter posts were deleted, and O’Neil’s office declined a request for comment from NBC News.

Albanese also said the eldest son of former President Donald Trump had not been blocked from entering.

“Donald Trump Jr.’s visa was dealt with in the normal way. Like anyone else, he was entitled to come here. The deferral of his travel is a matter for him,” he told reporters.

The younger Trump has long been a vociferous supporter of his father, who is the front-runner in the 2024 Republican presidential nominating contest.