Trump blasts Turnbull over refugee deal in worst phone call
US President Donald Trump has sparked a fresh diplomatic row -- this time with Australia -- by branding a refugee deal with the country as -'dumb-',...
Washington: US President Donald Trump has sparked a fresh diplomatic row -- this time with Australia -- by branding a refugee deal with the country as "dumb", days after holding a heated conversation with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Senior US officials said on Wednesday that during the call on January 28, Trump blasted Turnbull over the refugee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it, the Washington Post reported.
Trump also told Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that "this was the worst call by far".
Australian government officials, who said the Post's account of the call was "substantially accurate", described the conversation as "robust" and admitted it was "shorter than expected", ABC News reported.