Refugee resettlement deal between Australia and United States 'will continue'

Alicia WestFeb 08, 2017

"The thing you have to understand about Donald Trump is that he is not a natural diplomat, he is not a politician", he said in an interview. John McCainJohn McCainSenators introduce resolution in support of Australia after Trump call Press: Trump - to Russian Federation with love Head of NSA to brief senators on cyber threats MORE (Ariz.) and Bob CorkerBob CorkerSenators introduce resolution in support of Australia after Trump call Trump makes right turn on Iran Trump embraces his critics' outrage MORE (Tenn.) made phone calls to Joe Hockey, the Australian ambassador to the USA, to voice their support of the alliance.

Ties between the two stalwart allies have come under the spotlight after Mr Trump blasted a plan for the U.S. to resettle more than 1,000 refugees being held by Australia in offshore camps, an arrangement that was negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama and Mr Turnbull.

Fresh from revelations about the stinging phone call between the Prime Minister and Mr Trump, and the President's concerns about the refugee swap that was signed off by former president Barack Obama, Mr Turnbull said there was no quid pro quo between the countries.

Meanwhile, Spicer says that Trump has agreed to honor the Obama administration deal to resettle up to 1250 people who are seeking asylum in Australia.

This disclosure puts a new complexion on the much-discussed call, which ended with Mr Trump describing it as "the worst call by far" of a series with national leaders, according to the Washington Post's account in details denied by neither government.

The phone call came to an end after President Trump abruptly hung up on the Australian Prime Minister.

So far it remains unclear what will happen with the refugees that were supposed to be brought into the United States from the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus.

"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 risky and less safe".

There is no evidence that the resettlement of refugees in the USA is any more of a deterrent for future boat arrivals than resettlement in Australia.

The President of the United States also allegedly bragged about the size of his electoral victory.

"We have a very longstanding alliance which is in both the interest of the United States and the interest of Australia", replied Turnbull, before adding that "I always stand my ground". "And does he see you as indebted?"

Mr Turnbill responded with "We assess all requests for military assistance on their merits".

"We took the plebiscite position to the election, that is our policy and we are calling on Bill Shorten to rethink his position and if he supports the plebiscite then it will pass through the senate and it will be held", Turnbull said.

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