Donald Trump abruptly ends phone call after heated exchange with Australian PM

US President Donald Trump abruptly ended a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull on Saturday after heated exchange between the two leaders over an agreement that was signed under Barack Obama administration.
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India TV News Desk New Delhi 02 Feb 2017, 12:37 PM IST

US President Donald Trump abruptly ended a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull on Saturday after heated exchange between the two leaders over an agreement that was signed under Barack Obama administration. 

According to a report by CNN, President Trump objected to the agreement that asked US to accept refugees from Australia who are living on islands in detention centres off the mainland due to strict government policies.

Many of these refugees are from the seven Muslim countries affected by Trump's travel ban.

Quoting its sources, the report said that the US President insisted that it was a very bad deal for Washington to take 2,000 refugees and that one of them was going to be the next Boston bomber.

Turnbull repeatedly told Trump that the agreement was for 1,250 refugees and not 2,000. 

He also added that Australia was asking to submit the refugees to the US for screening and if they did not pass the screening process, they would not be allowed to move over to US.

Trump, however, expressed his inability in implementing the agreement and pointed out that this agreement formalised under Obama administration cannot go forward in view of his executive order that temporarily suspended the US refugee program.

Earlier this week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer had said that the Trump administration would honour the agreement and that the refugees would be submitted to "extreme vetting."

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