A senior US government council is being mocked online after it made a “cringe” statement about the trade dispute between Australia and China over wine exports.
The White House National Security Council (NSC) took a shot at China for imposing steep tariffs on Australian winemakers after accusing them of dumping product in China.
The tariffs, of up to 200 per cent, have made the market unviable for growers and winemakers.
“Australian wine will be featured at a White House holiday reception this week. Pity vino lovers in China who, due to Beijing’s coercive tariffs on Aussie vintners, will miss out. #AussieAussieAussieOiOiOi!” the NSC tweeted.
The tweet has been mocked online, by commenters who were perplexed by the statement, and accused the author of being drunk.
“Did you get into the stash early?” one Twitter user asked.
Another person simply called the tweet “cringe”, while another said it was “embarrassing”.
“Holy cow, this is your Indo-Pacific priority,” one user asked.
“This is an alternate reality, it has to be. Why is the NSC even tweeting this,” another woman tweeted.
“I cannot believe this is a real tweet,” another confused user said.
“Instead of showcasing our wine, how bout just conducting competent diplomacy for the past four years instead of vacating the stage for China and Russia to make mischief with impunity,” another said.
“What the hell does this have to do with security,” another asked.
“I’ve heard a rumour that the US also produces wine. You know, in an ‘America First’ kinda way,” one user wrote. “But why help struggling American business this year, huh?”
However some were impressed with the unusual tweet.
The NSC is part of the Executive Office of the US President, and is the principal forum for considerations of national security and foreign policy in the US government.
The wine industry is the latest Australian sector to be directly targeted by steep Chinese tariffs.
After China announced it would raise the tariffs to 212 per cent, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said he was considering reporting the move to the World Trade Organisation.
It’s the third blow in an intensifying series of disputes between the two countries.
In May of this year China announced it would place tariffs of 80 per cent on Australian barley exports for five years.
The following month the country announced a raise in tariffs Australian beef exports and whole milk powder.