For over 70 years the United States and Australia have been close allies. Former President Barack Obama described the relationship between the two countries as a “great alliance.” President Trump, however, threatened that relationship, as a transcript of a phone call between the Australian PM and President Trump has been released.
In addition to threatening the relationship between Australia and the United States, the phone call does not do much to dispel rumors surrounding Russia and the Trump administration. Apparently, Donald Trump thinks the Russian president is a rather good conversationalist, at least better than Australia’s Prime Minister.
Earlier this year, during a heated exchange over the phone, Trump told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, that he had a better phone exchange with President Putin. Turnbull and Trump’s argument was over an agreement made under Obama regarding refugees that Trump was not on board with. This was their first conversation following President Trump’s inauguration.
During the phone call, Turnbull asked Trump if the United States would honor an agreement that the U.S and Australia made under President Obama to take in 1,250 refugees that were currently being held in Australia. Knowing how Trump feels about refugees, and basically anything Obama has ever done, his response was just as imagined. Trump suggested that Australia was attempting to send America terrorists, saying “you know that is what they said about the Boston bombers. They said they were wonderful young men.”
Trump also expresses his disdain for the bill, saying, ” I think it is a horrible deal, a disgusting deal that I would have never made. It is an embarrassment to the United States of America .”
Trump gets frustrated mid phone call, telling the Australian Prime Minister, “I have had it.” Trump went on to add that it had been a long day of making phone calls such as the one between Turnbull and himself, saying, “I have been making these calls all day, and this is the most unpleasant call all day.”
Trump had one last thing to add before he ended the call though. Trump noted that one specific call had gone a lot better than this one, the call between Trump and Vladimir Putin. “Putin was a pleasant call,” Trump said, adding “This is ridiculous.”
The phone call was expected to last an hour, but after a mere 25 minutes, Trump made the choice to abruptly end the call.
The Trump administration had struggled to contain classified and sensitive information from being leaked, so this newest disclosure is likely to cause a stir at the White House. In February, days after the call took place between Turnbull and Trump, the White House said that there would be a probe into how details of the call became public, and it is likely that this instance will provoke a probe as well.
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