Trump, Turnbull call transcript leaked

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

Remember that heated phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Trump had 45 million years ago, back in February?

Australia is one of the United States' closest allies and intelligence-sharing partners, while Russian Federation is a major American adversary. Trump's calls with foreign leaders have not been declassified. This deal will make me look bad. During the call, Trump expressed frustration with President Obama's agreement to take in 1,250 refugees who were being held in detention facilities off of Australia.

Turnbull, early in the call, pivots from introductory pleasantries to highlighting similarities in US and Australian policies with regard to "national security and border protection". I am not doing this because it fits into my executive order, ' he said.

Trump first complimented Australia's policy of refusing refugees, saying to Turnbull, "You are worse than I am". "It is recognition of the practical political realities".

"I hate taking these people", Trump said. Never mind that neither of the San Bernardino attackers, nor any of the 9/11 attackers, came to the refugees.

"I hope so", Trump said. "And now I am agreeing to take 2,000 people". You have brokered many a stupid deal in business and I respect you, but I guarantee that you broke many a stupid deal. Trump asked. "Who are they?"

Turnbull then tries to explain the details of the deal, repeating over and over again that it does not obligate the United States to take any refugees, only to go through the process of vetting them. Are they going to become the Boston bomber in five years?

Trump added that Australia was trying to send the "next Boston bombers" into the United States, according to reports at the time. Put even simpler: no boats. Turnbull said, "It is not because they are bad people".

We'll let the local milk people be the judge of that.

"Putin was a pleasant call", Trump said.

'And I am saying, boy that will make us look awfully bad, ' the transcript reads.

U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed Nauru in July, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap.

Trump, as is his habit, displayed zero knowledge about the issue he was debating (he also thought the number of refugees was 5,000), so Turnbull tried to make him understand that they are not criminals; the refugees are economic refugees who have not been accused of crimes; they were denied entry into Australia due to a policy aimed at curbing human smuggling. "Malcom [sic], why is this so important?" I will say it just that way.

'Maybe you should let them out of prison. In it, the president remarks that Nieto speaks "beautifully", adding that he does not think he "can speak that beautifully".

TURNBULL: Let me explain. "Why do you discriminate against boats?" I think it is a frightful deal, a disgusting deal that I would have never made. "It is an embarrassment to the United States of America and you can say it just the way I said it".

Let me explain. We know exactly who they are. "I have been making these calls all day, and this is the most unpleasant call all day". Putin was a pleasant call.

Turnbull wanted to steer the conversation to Syria and other subjects, but Trump would have none of it.

At the end of the 24-minute call, Turnbull thanked the irate president for his commitment. "I will be there again and again".

It's quite obviously a call between an experienced politician (Turnbull) and a political neophyte.

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