Published: Sat, February 04, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump's foreign policy flare-ups with Iran, Mexico, Israel, Australia

Trump's foreign policy flare-ups with Iran, Mexico, Israel, Australia

President Trump had boasted about the scale of his electoral college victory, said the Post, before berating the Australian leader over a refugee resettlement programme agreed with the previous administration.

Struck with the Obama administration, it would see up to 1,250 asylum seekers to Australia resettled in the US.

On Thursday the State Department issued a separate statement saying that the deal was going ahead.

He called the agreement "dumb" and vowed to review it, although Australia's prime minister insisted that it was still on.

The Obama administration and Turnbull agreed in November that the USA would take in 1,250 refugees held in detention. Mexico denies that Trump threatened invade Mexico, and CNN reports that AP was quoting an official readout of the call written by aides, not the transcript.

Trump tweeted that the resettlement program, which would send 1,250 asylum seekers from detention sites in Australia to the USA, was a "dumb deal" and told Turnbull in their private conversation that it was "the worst deal ever".

The call was scheduled to go for about an hour, but Trump ended it abruptly after 25 minutes, the Post said.

White House Spokesman Sean Spicer suggested Mr Trump will allow the deal to go forward.

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Nightly News said, citing officials familiar with the matter, that Morgan has unexpectedly chose to step down this afternoon. During that visit Mr Trump singled out the union's president, Brandon Judd, while pointedly avoiding mention of Mr Morgan.

As for Trump's comments about the refugee agreement, Ryan said, "I don't think Australia should be anxious".

The President took to Twitter to say that Iran has formally been put on notice for firing a ballistic missile.

Leading Australian newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald commented that Trump's behaviour "came as a shock for many in Australia and overseas that Mr Trump would publicly create waves with such a strong ally".

When Mr Turnbull suggested the two leaders move on from discussing refugees to the conflict in Syria and other issues, the President made a decision to end the call.

Australian media confirms that Trump "yelled" during the call in an attempt to bully the prime minister.

The reports from U.S. officials differs from the accounts coming from the White House and gives an insight into the new president's unorthodox approach to diplomacy.

Australia is one of America's closest allies - a "Five Eye" partner in intelligence sharing along with the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand - and the two countries have fought together in Afghanistan and Iraq.

McCain said he expressed his "unwavering support for the U.S. -Australia alliance" in the call with Ambassador Joe Hockey.

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