What really happened during 'that' phone call

04 August, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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The call made headlines back in January with many wondering just what was said between the two world leaders.

If President Donald Trump honors a refugee resettlement agreement with Australia, he's pretty sure the newcomers "are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people". "It is an embarrassment to the United States of America ... this is the most unpleasant call all day". Putin was a pleasant call.

"This is ridiculous", Trump added.

"I am the world's greatest person that does not want to let people into the country", Trump says.

"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.

Mr Turnbull tried to clarify the detainees on Manus Island and Nauru were in fact economic refugees and not criminals before Mr Trump interjected. In return, Australia agreed to resettle refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

The call, like the one with Peña Nieto, quickly became acrimonious.

'Here I am calling for a ban where I am not letting anybody in and we take 2,000 people'.

"And now I am agreeing to take 2000 people and I agree I can vet them, but that puts me in a bad position".

"There is nothing more important in business or politics than a deal is a deal", Turnbull said. He also tries to appeal to the value of commitments in global relations: "Mr. President, I think this will make you look like a man who stands by the commitments of the United States". "As far as I am concerned, that is enough, Malcolm. I have had it".

"Turnbull asks if Trump wants to discuss Syria and North Korea; Trump replies "...this is insane".




"You can count on me, " the Australian prime minister said. "I will be there again and again".

TRUMP: I do not know what he got out of it.

Following the Post's report in early February about the Turnbull call, a number of U.S. politicians attempted to reduce the call's political fallout.

Do you believe it? I am doing this because Obama made a bad deal.

The transcript was prepared by the White House but had not been released.

The document contains notes which indicate that it was reviewed and classified by retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg Jr., who serves as chief of staff on the National Security Council.

But who are these "local milk people"?

During his conversation with the Australian leader, Trump repeatedly insisted that he heard the number was far higher.

Turnbull, for his part, also refused to shed light on the conversation.

"This is going to kill me", he said to Turnbull on January 27 during a conversation he described as "the worst call by far" during his nascent presidency, the Washington Post reported, citing a transcript.

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