Leaked Transcript Reveals Refugee Crisis

Leaked Transcript Reveals Refugee Crisis

By Loren Howarth

A transcript of a conversation between United States President Donald Trump, and Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has been leaked.

At the beginning of this year, the two leaders got into a heated phone argument over a deal for the US to resettle refugees from Manus Island and Nauru, in exchange for Australia to accept American refugees.

But in the transcript obtained by Washington Post, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of maintaining the deal, while Mr Trump insisted that it would make him look like ‘a dope’, following his proposal to ban refugee resettlement in the country.

Mr Turnbull asked for the President to hear him out, and explained Australia’s policy on refugees who arrive to the country by boat.

 

“So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Nobel Prize-winning genius, we will not let you in.” He said.

In response, Mr Trump showed his approval of the system and said “You are worse than I am.”

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenburg spoke to the ABC and defended the Prime Minister, where he said the discussion did not reveal a lack of compassion for asylum seekers.

The transcript also revealed that Mr Turnbull offered the President discretion over how many refugees were allowed into the country, with the only obligation to go through the process and examine them.

This morning, the Prime Minister said the conversation highlighted how he will always aim to put Australia’s interests first, and that relationships with the US are still strong.

However, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who spoke to Sky News, said Mr Turnbull’s integrity is now in doubt. 

Senator Nick McKim said the exposed conversation would put refugees awaiting resettlement on Nauru and Manus Island into more uncertainty and stress about their future.

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