The Transcript Of Trump's Call With Malcolm Turnbull Has Leaked

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That's what the president told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in January, according to reproductions of transcripts published by the Washington Post Thursday morning.

The majority of the conversation consisted of Turnbull trying to convince Trump to stick with an Obama-era deal in which the United States agreed to welcome up to 1,250 refugees, in exchange for Australia taking Central American refugees.

"Thank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about", Trump tweeted last February, amid reports he lashed out at his Australian counterpart over the phone. "Who are they? Where do they come from?' Mr Trump asked, before questioning if a refugee excepted into the country could 'become the Boston bomber in five years".

Mr Turnbull explained Australia's policy was to stop people smugglers and said even a Nobel Prize victor would not be allowed into the country if they arrived by boat.

"(But) if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I can not live with that", Trump said. "It is entirely up to you", the PM said.

The Washington Post has obtained a transcript of the phone conversation between the two leaders shortly after President Trump entered office. "As far as I am concerned, that is enough, Malcolm".

However, the refugees from the islands were largely from Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq, and Turnbull reassured Trump during the conversation that because he would still have the authority to vet the refugees, he wouldn't be violating his own executive order.

The transcript shows that as Mr Trump reluctantly agreed to honour the agreement, he offered his counterpart a backhanded compliment upon learning of Australia's hardline position on asylum seekers. Putin was a pleasant call.

"Suppose I vet them closely and I do not take any?" he said. I look so foolish doing this.

'And I am saying, boy that will make us look awfully bad, ' the transcript reads.

Mr Trump then said: "Well, it is close". "This is a big deal."It is really, really important to us that we maintain it". I am going to get killed on this thing. "So you put me back on the hook".

Donald Trump's January phone calls with a pair of world leaders are drawing renewed attention now that full transcripts of the calls have been leaked to The Washington Post. "I will be there again and again".

Describing the refugee deal once more, Mr Trump said: "It is important to you and it is embarrassing to me".

The Washington Post's explosive report also detailed Trump's conversation with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in which he begged him to stop saying his government would not pay to build a border wall "because I can not live with that".

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