Turnbull on Trump: 'No Comment'

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused to comment on President Trump's executive order to temporarily ban the citizens of several countries from the US.

Despite other world leaders condemning the order, Mr Turnbull said he would not comment on the domestic politics of another nation.

He said no Australian citizens had sought assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade regarding the ban as yet.

The Prime Minister also confirmed President Trump would honour a deal with Australia to resettle refugees on Manus Island and Nauru in the US but declined to give further detail on when the resettlement would take place or how many refugees would be included.

"It is not my job, as Prime Minister of Australia, to run a commentary on the domestic policies of other countries," Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra today.

"We have, here in Australia, border security arrangements which are the envy of the world," he said.

"If others wish to emulate what we're doing, they're welcome to do so but I am not about to run a commentary on other country's practices."

Mr Turnbull said if Australian citizens did have issues entering the US the Government would take it up with the Trump Administration.

"We have a very close relationship with the United States and when we want to engage in discussions of this kind, we do so privately and frankly," he said.

Mr Turnbull added US officials had been on Nauru to begin the screening process of refugees applying for resettlement in the US.

But he said it was entirely up to the US Government who they accepted and when.

Speaking alongside the Prime Minister in Canberra today, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the Coalition Government was determined to close the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru as quickly as possible.

"We want to do that as quickly as possible, we want to close detention centres, get all the children out of detention, and we will not allow that success to be undermined by ruthless people smugglers," Mr Dutton said.

News Corp Australia


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