Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refuses to comment on a conversation with President Donald Trump who says he'll study 'dumb' refugee deal. Samantha Vadas reports.
A private Trump tantrum dragged out in the open Thursday (February 2). The Washington Post reporting the President had ripped into Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the phone at the weekend over a refugee swap deal, saying he described the call as 'the worst so far' before cutting it short. Though Turnbull's keeping tight-lipped over the apparent bitter exchange. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA PRIME MINISTER, MALCOLM TURNBULL SAYING: "I've seen that report and I'm not going to comment on the conversation, other than to say that ... the President assured me that he would continue with, honour, the agreement we entered into with the Obama administration with respect to refugee resettlement." But not according the the Post, reporting Trump had accused Australia of attempting to export 'the next Boston Bombers', quoting him saying that taking in more than a thousand asylum seekers from Australia's offshore detention centers was 'the worst deal ever.' Trump asking on Twitter why the Obama administration first agreed to it, promising quote 'I will study this dumb deal!' It comes less than 24 hours after Washington sent mixed messages across the pacific, with Australian media reports suggesting the White House could still backtrack on the agreement.