As a general rule, alliances between nations as close as Australia and the United States are bigger than the leaders. But with Donald Trump as leader, the general rules have been discarded. While Trump remains president, Australia should be very wary of seeking closer ties, but rather should be willing to let the bigger partner know that we might be small, but we are vital.
On Monday morning, the NFL Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will be played, and despite no Australian participating in the event, barely any Australians even playing the sport, and only a few more who understand it, it will be broadcast live on free-to-air TV over six hours. In a couple of weeks, American cable network HBO will begin broadcasting the TV series Big Little Lies based on the novel by the Australian author Liane Moriarty and starring Nicole Kidman.