Editor 4cm: (My Opinion)
I make not secret neither Leaders of the Labor and Liberals strike a warm note in my soul and Prime minster Malcolm Turnbull is not one of my most favourite Politician.
I am sure he knew all too well Obama was stitching up the incoming Trump organization with this last minute deal prior to the handing over the office to President Elect Trump and for PM Turnbulls own political reasons here in Australia PM Turnbull ceased the moment to get rid of a contentious issue which has at times caused his Party political grief within the Australian community.
PM Turnbull just wanted to flick the problem to the United States as these people will and would not be allowed in Australia and PM Turnbull was stuck with the problem.
I think President Trump is right why should he honor this deal it isn’t his problem its Australia and clearly President Trump can not see any benefits flowing to the people of United States in the current deal. President Trump is taking care of business the US. business he’s not Australia’s Santa Clause.
Have we been sucking so long at the democratic breast of USA that we have become politically addicted within the hallowed halls of Australian Government. Australia’s prime minister has before him the greatest opportunity to put on the big boy pants and suck it up be the Leader he said He could be “we Australians have the problem and we Australians have to find a solution even if it is unpopular with some and that is to send them back to one of the six safe zones if they cant be screened and deemed safe refugee migrants.
With those big boy pants on our Leaders need to be honest to the Australian people which maybe for the first time ever in the last 20 years at least and acknowledge “it is what it is” These people on Nauru and Manus Island have failed the Australian vetting process which deems them safe or not safe to enter the country of Australia?
Why else would they still be in detention offshore. These people in detention must be placed back in a compatible culture and society close to or like the one they’ve left but in a safe zone.
ASIO. and immigration will have real reasons for holding back clearances to refugee claims and we should never wavier these safe guards and risk legal citizens in Australia.
“Pity can become our snare” Deuteronomy 7:16, Exodus 23:33
• Trump “blasts Turnbull” over refugee deal
• Turnbull refuses to comment on the conversation
• US Embassy says Trump will still honour agreement
• Trump ‘doesn’t care about Australia’
Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
• US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has hit back on Twitter after details of his shocking phone call with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull were revealed, slamming the refugee deal as ‘dumb’.
In the scathing tweet, he said: “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!”
The tweet was posted around 2300 hours 11:pm Washington time and once again throws the refugee resettlement deal into limbo.
It comes after a report in The Washington Post , where senior US officials briefed on the conversation said President Trump hung up on Mr Turnbull after 25 minutes, when their call was meant to be an hour long.
President Trump reportedly criticised Mr Turnbull over his refugee agreement formerly made with president Barack Obama, and boasted about his electoral college win.
After a series of phone calls made on Sunday, Mr Turnbull was the last call President Trump took.
“This was the worst call by far,” he is quoted as saying.
“This is the worst deal ever.”
It is understood the President complained that he was “going to get killed” politically and accused Australia of seeking to export the “next Boston bombers”.
At one point, Turnbull suggested that the two leaders move on from their impasse over refugees to discuss the conflict in Syria and other pressing foreign issues.
But President Trump demurred and ended the call, making it far shorter than his conversations with Shinzo Abe of Japan, Angela Merkel of Germany, François Hollande of France or Putin of Russia.
CNN’s White House Correspondent Jim Acosta also tweeted today that according to one of his sources, President Trump pulled the phone away from ear and wanted to get off the call.
Sky News Australia sources also claimed today that President Trump “yelled” at Mr Turnbull in the heated exchange.
During call with Australian PM on refugees, Trump pulled phone away from ear and says he wants off call, which ends abruptly per source.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 2, 2017
TURNBULL WON’T REVEAL DETAILS
Malcolm Turnbull has refused to go into details of his discussion with President Trump on Sunday morning but denied one aspect of the reports this afternoon.
“The report that the president hung up is not correct, the call ended courteously,” he told 2GB radio this afternoon.
He backed this statement up during an interview with 3AW radio, saying he was “disappointed” about the leak but some information had not been accurate.
“It was a 25-minute call, it covered a number of issues but the bulk of the time was spent on the refugee resettlement deal,” he said.
The Prime Minister also responded to President Trump’s tweet, saying the facts were President Trump had given an assurance during their conversation that the deal would go ahead, White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that in a briefing on Wednesday and the US embassy in Canberra reconfirmed it this afternoon.
“I do stand up for Australia but I can assure you the call was courteous,” Mr Turnbull said.
He said the deal had always proceeded on the basis that the United States would do security checks on any individual that would be resettled in the US, as was their right.
Mr Turnbull also refused to comment on the conversation earlier at a press conference.
“I’m not going to comment on a conversation between myself and the President of the United States other than what we have said publicly,” he said.
“You can surely understand the reasons for that. I appreciate your interest, but it’s better that these things – these conversations are conducted candidly, frankly, privately. If you see reports of them, I’m not going to add to them.”
The details come as the White House and US State Department are sending mixed messages on whether President Trump will still honour a deal with Australia to resettle refugees in the US.
Today, the White House confirmed President Trump has not made a final decision on whether to honour a refugee deal with Australia.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) February 2, 2017
DEAL OR NO DEAL?
A spokesperson for the US Embassy in Canberra said this afternoon President Trump would honour the refugee agreement.
“President Trump’s decision to honour the refugee agreement has not changed and Spokesman Spicer’s comments stand,” the spokesperson said.
“This was just confirmed to the State Department from the WH and on to this embassy at 13.15 Canberra time.”
But in a statement provided to ABC today, the White House press office confirmed President Trump might still torpedo the deal made between Mr Turnbull and President Obama.
“The President is still considering whether or not he will move forward with this deal at this time,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, a statement from the State Department appears to contradict the message coming out of the White House.
“Out of respect for close ties to our Australian ally and friend, we will honour the agreement to accept some refugees from resettlement centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea,” a State Department official said in a statement provided to the ABC.
“Any refugees coming to US shores would only come to the United States in accordance with the recently signed executive order.”
Mr Turnbull yesterday brushed off reports from an unnamed White House source that the agreement was not yet finalised.
TRUMP WAS ‘UPSET’ BY THE DEAL
One of the journalists behind The Washington Post report, Philip Rucker, told Sky News Australia that his sources told him that President Trump “got angry on the call” with Mr Turnbull.
“He blasted the Prime Minister,” he said.
“The Prime Minister and President Trump agreed that the number of these refugees would be allowed to be part of the screening process.”
He also said the President was “upset” by the agreement and said it was his “intention” to keep it, which gave him room to negotiate on it.
Mr Rucker also told the ABC he and his colleague Greg Miller had been briefed on some of the exact quotations from the Trump-Turnbull phone call by senior US officials.
Mr Rucker said sources had told him President Trump’s phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin was much longer.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) February 2, 2017
President Trump “doesn’t really care” that Australia has been a long-term ally of the US, he is more concerned about his domestic refugee policy, Mr Rucker said.
“The thing you have to understand about Donald Trump is that he is not a natural diplomat, he is not a politician,” he told the ABC.
“He has a career in real estate, in business and deal-making, and he ran for President as somebody who was going to disrupt the world order.
“He was going to make changes and he was going to blow up the system, literally, and disrupt what he sees as a world order that is failing the world and making it more dangerous and less safe.
“And so he doesn’t really care so much that Australia is an ally over many, many years.
“What he cares about is the refugee policy that … he views as dangerous for the United States.
“So he didn’t let diplomatic niceties get in the way of how he felt about that refugee policy.”
ASSURANCES ON RESETTLEMENT DEAL
Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra yesterday President Trump had given an assurance that the deal would go ahead in their phone conversation on Sunday.
“The Trump administration has committed to progress with the arrangements to honour the deal, if you like, that was entered into with the Obama administration,” Mr Turnbull said.
“That was the assurance the president gave me when we spoke on the weekend.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Wednesday morning the deal to resettle refugees held on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island would be honoured but the individuals would be subject to “extreme vetting”.
“The deal specifically deals with 1250 people that are mostly in Papua New Guinea being held,” he said.
“Those people, part of the deal, is they have to be vetted in the same manner that we are doing now.”
LABOR: TURNBULL MUST CONFIRM OR DENY
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told media today: “I think Mr Turnbull needs to confirm or deny the accuracy of that report.
“He made it clear that he had a constructive discussion and that the refugee deal, which Labor supports, was on track.
“But now it appears another different version of the same conversation has emerged. I just say to Mr Turnbull, ‘talk straight to the Australian people. Tell us what’s going on’.”
“We want to see the refugee deal happen, but clearly President Trump and his people are saying one thing happened in this conversation, which is completely at odds with what Prime Minister Turnbull has told the Australian people. They both can’t be right and I think it’s in the interests of the Australian people for Mr Turnbull just to be straight with the people and tell us what’s really going on.”
HOW TURNBULL DESCRIBED THE CALL
On Monday, Mr Turnbull told media in Canberra that he had had a “constructive” call with President Trump on Sunday.
“The President and I acknowledged the already strong and deep relationship between the United States and Australia and committed to making it stronger still,” Mr Turnbull said.
“We also recommitted our common determination, our united purpose in defeating ISIL which continues to have an impact – a dangerous, terrorist impact – not just in the Middle East but right around the world, including in our own countries.
“We discussed the importance of border security and the threat of illegal and irregular migration, and recognised that it is vital that every nation is able to control who comes across its borders.
“We discussed the very principles that I raised at the United Nations last year when I made the point there that our strong border protection – which the Coalition Government, under the leadership of PM Abbott in 2013, continued under my Government and enhanced under my Government – our strong border protection gives Australians confidence in the immigration system, gives them confidence in our humanitarian programs, underpins the commitment in our – the most successful multicultural society in the world.
“We also discussed the resettlement arrangement of refugees from Nauru and Manus, which had been entered into with the previous administration, and I thank President Trump for his commitment to honour that existing agreement.”
Mr Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton announced the “one-off” deal to resettle an undisclosed number of asylum seekers in Australia’s offshore detention centres just days after President Trump was elected in November.
President Obama and Mr Turnbull had made the agreement earlier in 2016.
It has been touted as a way to close the detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
TURNBULL WON’T ATTACK TRUMP BAN
Mr Turnbull has been criticised for his refusal to comment on President Trump’s executive order to ban the citizens from several countries from entering the US.
While other world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May had publicly criticised the travel ban, Mr Turnbull said Australia’s national interest was best protected by giving private “frank advice” to “our number one ally”.
“When I have frank advice to give to an American president, I give it privately, as good friends should, as wise prime ministers do, when they want to ensure they are best able to protect Australians and Australians’ national interest,” Mr Turnbull said.
“I don’t comment on American policy publicly. My job is to get results for Australia.”
Opposition leader Bill Shorten said an Australian leader needed to stand up for the nation’s values.
“I absolutely support the American alliance but let’s be clear, sometimes there are issues where if the nation’s leader is silent, it can be interpreted as agreement,” Mr Shorten said on Tuesday.
“If the Germans can speak up, if the English can speak up, if the Canadians can speak up, then why are we silent?”
HOW THE REFUGEE AGREEMENT UNFOLDED
Republished published: 2017, Feburary, 2. | by: Claire Bickers, Staff Writers, News Corp Australia Network | Source: perthnow.com.au/… | Article Title: Donald Trump ‘upset and angry’ over refugee deal discussed with Malcolm Turnbull
Originally published: 2017, Feburary, 2. | Time-stamp: 8:30 PM | by: Claire Bickers, Staff Writers, News Corp Australia Network | Source: http://www.news.com.au/…. | Article Title: Trump: ‘I will study this dumb deal’