Donald Trump on the phone to Turnbull. Photo Pete Marovich. Source AAP
Donald Trump on the phone to Turnbull. Photo Pete Marovich. Source AAP

Trump on taking refugees: 'I will study this dumb deal'

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has hit back on Twitter after details of his shocking phone call with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull were revealed, slamming the refugee deal as 'dumb'.

In the scathing tweet, he said: "Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!"

The tweet was posted around 11pm Washington time and once again throws the refugee resettlement deal into limbo.

It comes after a report in The Washington Post , where senior US officials briefed on the conversation said President Trump hung up on Mr Turnbull after 25 minutes, when their call was meant to be an hour long.

President Trump reportedly criticised Mr Turnbull over his refu­gee agreement formerly made with president Barack Obama, and boasted about his electoral college win.

After a series of phone calls made on Sunday, Mr Turnbull was the last call President Trump took.

"This was the worst call by far," he is quoted as saying.

"This is the worst deal ever."

US President Donald J. Trump speaks on the phone with Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, in the Oval Office in Washington, DC, USA, 28 January 2017. The call was one of five calls with foreign leaders scheduled for 28 January.
US President Donald J. Trump speaks on the phone with Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, in the Oval Office in Washington, DC, USA, 28 January 2017. The call was one of five calls with foreign leaders scheduled for 28 January.

It is understood the President complained that he was "going to get killed" politically and accused Australia of seeking to export the "next Boston bombers".

At one point, Turnbull suggested that the two leaders move on from their impasse over refugees to discuss the conflict in Syria and other pressing foreign issues.

But President Trump demurred and ended the call, making it far shorter than his conversations with Shinzo Abe of Japan, Angela Merkel of Germany, François Hollande of France or Putin of Russia.

CNN's White House Correspondent Jim Acosta also tweeted today that according to one of his sources, President Trump pulled the phone away from ear and wanted to get off the call.

Sky News Australia sources also claimed today that President Trump "yelled" at Mr Turnbull in the heated exchange.

News Corp Australia


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