‘If terrorists kill us, will left still howl about rudeness?’ Aussies sending 1,300 unwanted Muslim refugees to U.S. Feb 2, 2017 LEO HOHMANN President Trump phones Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull as aides Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn look on.
President Trump is getting pounded by Democrats, media pundits and some Republicans for speaking “roughly” to a staunch U.S. ally, Australia, in a phone conversation about refugees.
At issue is a refugee swap negotiated by the Obama administration in which Australia agreed to take Catholic refugees from Central America while the U.S. agreed to take up to 1,300 Muslim refugees that have been rejected by Australia.
Trump called the deal “dumb” and “the worst deal ever” and reportedly cut short a phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Trump tweeted that the Obama administration “agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the deal will ultimately be honored but only after extreme vetting is applied to the refugees being held on islands offshore from Australia.
Conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer told Bret Baier of Fox News that, as bad as the deal is, the United States “had to honor it.”
But terrorism experts such Robert Spencer, author of the Jihad Watch blog for the David Horowitz Freedom Center, told WND this type of sharp tone to defend American interests is exactly what has been missing under the last several U.S. administrations.
“Trump obviously wants to keep these unvetted and quite possibly dangerous refugees out of the U.S. If they end up here and kill Americans, will the left still be howling about his supposed rudeness to Turnbull?” Spencer said. “Trump is being tough with world leaders, and that is good. We have been supine for too long.”
The Washington Post cited unnamed sources for reporting that Trump hung up on Turnbull after accusing Australia of trying to export the “next Boston bombers.”