Trump’s Call with Malcolm Turnball Ends Abruptly
Confusion about promise President Obama had made to resettle 1,250 refugees
Phone call was planned for 1 hour, but lasted only 25 minutes. The exchange was described as “heated” and “hostile”. Trump accused Prime Minister Turnball of forcing the United States to import the next “Boston Marathon Bomber”.
Information about the call was leaked from anonymous sources at the White House.
It should be noted that Australia has been a valued and consistent US ally for decades. According to the United States Department of State’s own website: “Australia is a vital ally and partner of the United States. The United States and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests, and cultural affinities. Economic, academic, and people-to-people ties are vibrant and strong. The two countries marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2015.”
“Defense ties and cooperation are exceptionally close, and Australian forces have fought together with the United States military in every significant conflict since World War I.
“The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. The United States and Australia share an interest in maintaining freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the sea, including in the South China Sea. The United States and Australia also work closely in Afghanistan and Iraq, and cooperate closely on efforts to degrade and defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and address the challenges of foreign terrorist fighters and violent extremism. The United States and Australia attach high priority to controlling and eventually eliminating chemical weapons, other weapons of mass destruction, and anti-personnel landmines. In addition to AUSMIN consultations, Australia and the United States engage in a trilateral security dialogue with Japan.
Following the call Trump carries on by tweeting:
Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!