For his part Turnbull, on Wednesday, refused to confirm or deny a report that the weekend call with Donald Trump came to a disastrous and embarrassing end after Trump attacked a plan to resettle refugees in the U.S..
Reports confirm that the conversation between the two quickly devolved as Trump accused Turnbull of trying to send the “next Boston bombers” to America, according to a report published Wednesday night by The Washington Post.
The Post, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported Trump told Turnbull he had spoken to other world leaders earlier Saturday and stated that the interaction between them had been the “worst call by far” before he suddenly hung up.
The blow up appears to stem from the two countries plans to resettle up to 1,250 refugees in the U.S. which were completed in November and have now been cast into doubt by the anti-immigration executive order Trump signed on Friday.
Turnbull said at a news conference following the Post report that he wouldn’t talk about his call with Trump, saying it was...
“better these conversations are conducted candidly, frankly [and] privately. 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,”
After Turnbull's statement a belligerent Trump attacked the refugee agreement on Twitter saying...
An official White House readout of Trump’s call with Turnbull mentioned no hostilities.
So remember, in Trump's America, Russia = good and Australia = bad.