During the US President's call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday, Trump objected to an agreement over the US receiving refugees, sources told CNN. All this a day after a call with Mexico's President, where a transcript showed Trump complaining about Mexico's "handling" of "tough hombres."
Australia is an ally of the United States, with the two countries joining three other English-speaking countries in an intelligence sharing arrangement known as the "Five Eyes."
The disagreement came as the two leaders discussed an agreement, reached under the Obama administration, for the US to accept refugees from Australia who are living on islands in detention centers off the mainland due to strict government policies.
Sources say Trump insisted it was a very bad deal for the US to take 2,000 refugees and that one of them was going to be the next Boston bomber.
Turnbull told Trump several times the agreement was for 1,250 refugees, not 2,000. He also said Australia was asking to submit them to the US for refugee screening, and if the refugees did not pass the US screening process, they would not come.
Ultimately Trump ended the call in frustration, and then later tweeted this out:
Once again, it is not "thousands" but rather 1,250.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
But get this, that was not even the worst of Trump's phone calls with our allies.
Courtesy of the AP:
President Donald Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop "bad hombres down there" unless the Mexican military does more to control them itself, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press.
"You have a bunch of bad hombres down there," Trump told Pena Nieto, according to the excerpt given to AP. "You aren't doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn't, so I just might send them down to take care of it."
A person with access to the official transcript of the phone call provided only that portion of the conversation to The Associated Press. The person gave it on condition of anonymity because the administration did not make the details of the call public.
Both the Mexican government and the Trump administration tried to do a little damage control, however this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast Trump made these remarks:
"The world is in trouble, but we're going to straighten it out, OK? That's what I do - I fix things," Trump said after saying that freedom of religion was threatened.
"Believe me, when you hear about the tough phone calls I'm having - don't worry about it. Just don't worry about it," he said.
"We're taken advantage of by every nation in the world virtually. It's not going to happen anymore," he said.
Actually I think I WILL worry about it. Quite a lot actually.
Remember these are FRIENDLY nations, just try to imagine how Trump is talking to countries that we don't consider allies.
Update: If you are looking for a leak concerning Trump's conversation with Putin, well you are unlikely to ever see that.
Oops!.@ilanberman: "there was no readout of the Trump-Putin call bc WH turned off recording" - Kremlin readout is very positive @BPC_Bipartisan pic.twitter.com/oi4v1R5dN0— ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) February 1, 2017