'I have had it': Malcolm Turnbull's phone call with Donald Trump leaked

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 4, 2017

I do not understand. "I have to have Mexico pay for the wall - I have to".

Trump suggested that both he and Peña Nieto should issue vague remarks about who will pay for the wall.

"Because you and I are both at a point now where we are both saying we are not to pay for the wall".

"We have the drug lords in Mexico that are knocking the hell out of our country", Trump said.

"I will just have to say that unfortunately I will have to live with what was said by Obama".

Although reports first emerged in February about Trump referring to his call with Turnbull as the "worst so far, " an official White House read-out of the conversation at the time, merely stated that the two leaders had "emphasized the enduring strength and closeness of the US-Australia relationship that is critical for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and globally".

Mr Trump told Mr Turnbull the refugee deal was "a frightful deal, a disgusting deal", would make him look like a "dope" and "a weak and ineffective leader", and he feared the refugees would turn into terrorists who would pull off San Bernardino or World Trade Center-style terror attacks in the US.

Vice President Mike Pence was dispatched to Australia in April to smooth over relations between the two countries, which were strained by the refugee spat and Australia's disappointment with Trump's decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

Treasurer Scott Morrison took a swing at Mr Abbott last week, noting a so-called clean coal power station would take seven years to build, cost $2 billion, and that no-one in the industry wanted to build one anyway. You are worse than I am ... It will be quite deliberate and the position I have taken - I have been very open about it - is that it is a tragic fact of life that when the situation in the Middle East settles down - the people that are going to be most unlikely to have a continuing home are those Christian minorities. "If you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall", Trump reportedly told Nieto, "then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I can not live with that". "It makes me look so bad and I have only been here a week". "I have been making these calls all day, and this is the most unpleasant call all day", Trump apparently said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the country's intelligence agency is restoring the aviation threat level to what it was before four men were arrested in Sydney on Saturday in connection with what authorities dubbed a credible threat to bring down a plane. I am not like this but, if I have to do it, I will do it but I do not like this at all. It is an embarrassment to me, but at least I got you off the hook. The President seems to have little sense that building relationships requires time and the capacity to listen with a measure of empathy, even though he may not agree.

"I look like a dope". It is absolutely consistent with your executive order so please just hear me out. I do not know where they find these people to make these stupid deals.

We are like a dumping ground for the rest of the world. Today America faces trying times at home and overseas. "'Cause I'm thinkin' that looks fake". No, I know, they come from certain regions. It is frightful for me. I did not pay any attention to the details of this agreement before reading the transcript.

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