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Trump ‘Fumes’ At Australian PM Over Obama Refugee Deal

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter

President Donald Trump fumed over a refugee deal Obama made with Australia while on a phone call with the prime minster Saturday, calling it a terrible deal and accusing the leader of trying to export the “next Boston bombers” before abruptly ending the conversation.

“This is the worst deal ever,” he said as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attempted to confirm Trump would honor former President Barack Obama’s pledge to take in 1,250 refugees Australia doesn’t want, reports The Washington Post. The refugees are being detained in off-shore camps indefinitely, and Australia is banning everyone who attempts to enter the country illegally by sea from the continent for life.

Trump complained he was “going to get killed” politically, sources familiar with the call told WaPo, and accused Turnbull of trying to send the “next Boston bombers” to the United States. He also boasted about his electoral college win, before abruptly ending the call, which was expected to last about an hour, about 25 minutes in.

Later, Trump characterized the conversation as “the worst” with a foreign leader so far into his presidency.

After news of the phone call leaked to the press Wednesday, Trump tweeted: “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!”

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