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Defiant Trump points to Aust, NZ calls

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/11/2016 Peter Mitchell
US President-elect Donald Trump © Associated Press US President-elect Donald Trump

Donald Trump has hit out at reports world leaders can't reach him in Trump Tower, with the US president-elect pointing to his phone calls with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and New Zealand's John Key.

The New York Times claimed Mr Trump's transition plans were in disarray and American allies were scrambling to figure out how and when to contact Mr Trump since last week's election victory.

At times world leaders were patched through to Mr Trump in his luxury Manhattan office tower with little warning, the newspaper quoting a Western diplomat, reported.

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In what is a positive sign for nervous US allies like Australia and New Zealand, Mr Trump announced he is "always available to" foreign leaders.

"The failing @nytimes story is so totally wrong on transition," Mr Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

"It is going so smoothly.

"Also, I have spoken to many foreign leaders.

"I have recieved (sic) and taken calls from many foreign leaders despite what the failing @nytimes said.

"Russia, U.K., China, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and more.

"I am always available to them.

"@nytimes is just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me."

Mr Turnbull called Mr Trump after last week's election win and Mr Trump reached out to Mr Key after this week's devastating Kaikoura earthquake.

"He was very knowledgeable about what was going on, he offered his condolences and support for the people of New Zealand," Mr Key said.

Mr Trump has been highly-critical of the New York Times' coverage of his election campaign and win.

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