Trump attacks Australia-US refugee agreement, says it's a dumb deal
Under the deal that Australia inked with the Obama administration, both the countries agreed to resettle asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru
Questioning a US’ refugee resettlement deal with Australia, US President Donald Trump on Thursday called it “a dumb deal,” after ripping into his Australian counterpart in a phone call.
The Washington Post earlier reported Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement and informed Turnbull that this was the worst call by far” out of other four calls he made to world leaders.
Under the deal that Australia inked with the Obama administration, both the countries agreed to resettle asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.
The deal suggested that the migrants there will be assessed and the most vulnerable will be resettled in the US. Reports said around 1,200 people are being held in the asylum centres.
Reports said Trump also accused the Australian Prime Minister of trying to export the "next Boston bombers."
Moreover, following the phone call, Trump took to Twitter later condemning the deal and pledged he would study it.
Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Meanwhile, Turnbull told Sydney radio station 2GB that he was disappointed to know that the details of the "very frank and forthright" exchange had been leaked, Al Jazeera reported.
"As far as the call is concerned I'm very disappointed that there has been a leak of purported details of the call in Washington," Turnbull was quoted as saying.
"But I want to make one observation about it - the report that the president hung up is not correct. The call ended courteously,” he added.