Will study 'dumb deal' struck by Obama with Aussie: Trump

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The fate of the refugee resettlement deal struck between Australia and the US last November remains uncertain as President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to publicly denounce the pact as a ‘dumb deal’, the International Business Times reported.

Trump took to Twitter to call the agreement a 'dumb deal.' The deal in question is regarding the transfer of approximately up to 1,250 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention islands of Manus Island and Nauru, including many from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Iraq for resettlement into the US.

Trump’s comments follow a Washington Post report that detailed a phone call between him and Turnbull on Saturday, which Trump described as the “this was the worst call by far,” compared to his interactions with four other leaders on the same day.

In the phone call that was originally planned for an hour but was then reportedly cut short abruptly after twenty-five minutes, Trump reportedly accused Australia of seeking to export the “next Boston bombers” and referred to the asylum seekers as “illegal immigrants”.

Two hours before Trump’s tweet, in response to the Washington Post story, the US State Department insisted that the current administration remains committed to honour the deal.

“President Trump’s decision to honour the refugee agreement has not changed,” a US embassy spokesperson in Canberra said in a statement, according to the Guardian.

Following the tweet, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who was asked to comment on the row said that the commitment to the deal was “confirmed several times now by the [U.S.] government.”

“We have a clear commitment from the president…we expect that the commitment will continue.” Turnbull told Melbourne radio station 3AW, as reported by the Guardian.

In the aftermath of the travel ban, a teenager inmate from Iran residing in the detention centre in Nauru attempted suicide by trying to hang himself at the island’s processing centre and was subsequently taken by police and held in jail.

Naruru and Manus Island have been at the centre of human rights abuse accusations by those detained, including rapes, child sexual abuse and dangerous levels of sustained mental illness. The murder of one asylum seeker by guards and inadequate medical treatment leading to several other deaths as claimed by various human rights reports had also made headlines.

Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017

  Comments - 18

  • nalin perera Friday, 03 February 2017 09:38 AM

    It is unbelievable that Obama could have signed such a deal with Australia. A vast majority of these people are economic refugees.On the other hand why can't other Arab countries with vast lands like in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman take in fellow Arabs?

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 03 February 2017 09:45 AM

    In whatever arrogant ways he seems expressing I feel Trump is correct in most instances; on the way for a "New World Order" sans "World Policeman Stature" for US.

    Abilik Friday, 03 February 2017 11:13 AM

    We do not understand why UAS government (Obama ) want to collect rubbish from Australia.

    Jan Friday, 03 February 2017 11:35 AM

    Trumps Attitude towards the Globe is Correct He wants to safe Guard his country via DM Android App

    Kadiya Friday, 03 February 2017 05:53 AM

    Is this guy a Sri Lanka qualified politician, because he talks, acts and bulldozes just like a SL politician!!!

    Mevan Friday, 03 February 2017 06:05 AM

    Putin knew that best way to ruin US was to help a joker become its President.

    Silva Friday, 03 February 2017 06:06 AM

    Study the dumb deal Obama struck with Sri Lanka too. He is letting them get off too easy...

    gobbaya Friday, 03 February 2017 06:17 AM

    it is a world class deal...for the economic migrants who are benefitting out of it via DM Android App

    Sunil Friday, 03 February 2017 06:29 AM

    Day starts with another brave decision by GREAT President Trump for the boat people. Most of those people are smuggled illegally right? Why should he accept them?

    Jude Friday, 03 February 2017 06:29 AM

    Hey Aussie leaders are smart!!! Keeping away economic refugees!!!???

    Jude Friday, 03 February 2017 06:35 AM

    What Aussies leaders trying to do is keep Jihadism out of down under!!! Because if they allow boat loads to Land Aussie soil, then they've to screen all for past history,!!!??And it going to cost money and you know!!???

    Jude Friday, 03 February 2017 06:41 AM

    Aussie leaders are great!!! They tell anyone, they must follow Aussie law!!! No hijabs or burqa!!!! If you want that go back to your country!!!! Isn't that great!!!??? No cultural or religious issues whatsoever!!!!!???

    SL Friday, 03 February 2017 06:58 AM

    who is going to study the dumb deals signed by our minsters ! (ex.port city 80 t0 20 % dumb deal )

    refugee the joke Friday, 03 February 2017 07:04 AM

    Agreed with your(Trump) comment. Keep it up.

    Ajith Friday, 03 February 2017 08:01 AM

    Most of these refugees in Manus and Nauru are economic refugees or extremists except for a very few. What war or such problems in the countries they are from. Think the president has a point and should be very careful in whom to be accommodated.

    Claude Peries Friday, 03 February 2017 08:11 AM

    Makes sense . Why should USA take refugees which headed to Australia. On what logic has Obama agreed ? Apart from this Obama created most of the refugees in the world today Syria , Libya, Iraq , Ukrainian etc etc with his foreign policy . And the list here is mostly economic refuges not political ones which got fooled by his ideology .

    vithura Friday, 03 February 2017 02:34 PM

    He just wants to replace a 'dumb' deal with a Donald 'gump' deal.

    Sue Friday, 03 February 2017 02:46 PM

    But he's rude, arrogant and thinks he knows everything. He's alienating all friendly countries and most probably lead the USA to WWIII. You can praise him as much as you want, but what we say doesn't matter to him at all. After all, there's no Trump Tower in Sri Lanka and I'm sure he has no idea of building one here.


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