SYDNEY: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will review a “dumb deal” to take hundreds of Australian asylum seekers after the Washington Post reported he had angrily berated Australia’s prime minister and abruptly ended a tense telephone call.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters the call on Saturday had been frank and candid but refused to provide further details on a “private” conversation that has hit headlines on both sides of the world.
The Washington Post reported that Trump had described the call with the leader of Australia, one of the United States’ staunchest allies, as “the worst so far”.
It came less than a day after Washington had sown confusion in Australia after saying it would apply “extreme vetting” as part of the refugee resettlement deal.
The deal was agreed late last year between Australia, which has fought alongside US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the administration of former President Barack Obama.
Trump said on Twitter not long before midnight Washington time.