From the NYTimes:
A phone call between President Trump and the Australian prime minister is threatening to develop into a diplomatic rift between two stalwart allies after the two men exchanged harsh words over refugee policy, and Mr. Trump abruptly ended the call.On the other hand, The Guardian says:
The phone call last Saturday between Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull turned contentious after the Australian leader pressed the president to honor an agreement to accept 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center.
Late Wednesday night, Mr. Trump reiterated his anger over the agreement on Twitter. He called the agreement a “dumb deal” and blamed the Obama administration for accepting it but then said that he would “study” it. The tweet was posted after The Washington Post reported details of the phone call.
On Sunday, a phone call between Turnbull and Trump took place. Turnbull maintains that, during the call, Trump committed to honouring the refugee resettlement deal. That was later confirmed by the US state department and US embassy in Canberra. But a report in the Washington Post cast the Trump-Turnbull conversation in an entirely different light. It was reported that Trump had described the deal as “the worst deal ever” and complained that Australia was trying to send the US the “next Boston bombers”. Trump poured petrol on the fire by later tweeting: “Do you believe it? The Obama administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!”By the way, "petrol" is "gasoline" in Australian.
The next paragraph begins with:
Trump’s unpredictability makes the way forward difficult to gauge. Turnbull has said that, despite Trump’s tweet, the refugee resettlement deal is still on.Though it ends by casting doubt - saying the deal is an "unlikely prospect."
And remember, Australia is our ally. Australia, along with the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK make up the so called "Five Eyes" global surveillance group that's been snooping in our collective cache files for decades. Trump's looking to bully them?
All for what? An unconstitutional, immoral, cruel and xenophobic policy shit out with little or no forethought of its consequences.
Welcome again to Trump's America.
Resist the fascism.