Donald Trump told the Prime Minister of Australia he hates taking in asylum seekers, adding “I guarantee you they are bad.”
Mr Trump’s heated 24-minute conversation with Malcolm Turnbull took place on 28 January, a day after the US leader had issued his executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The ban, which was allowed to go into limited effect by the Supreme Court in June, was later reduced to six countries.
According to a transcript of Mr Trump’s call with Mr Turnbull obtained by the Washington Post, Mr Trump praised Australia for refusing to allow people arriving on boats to reach its shores.
“It is not because they are bad people,” Mr Turnbull said. “It is because in order to stop people smugglers, we had to deprive them of the product. So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the …
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