President Donald Trump had a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last night, and seeing as Australia is an old ally of the United States, it should have gone smoothly, right? Well, if some reports are to be believed, Donald Trump "yelled" at his Australian counterpart and then hung up mid-conversation.
Why was he so angry? Apparently, President Trump was angry that former President Barack Obama had agreed to resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers who are held in Australian processing camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. The Australian government is seeking to relocate all residents of the two offshore facilities so that they can be shut down following condemnation over conditions.
The deal was agreed as thanks for Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in return, Australia would also accept refugees from several central American countries.
When Turnbull suggested the two leaders should discuss the conflict in Syria and other issues instead of refugees, Trump reportedly decided to end the call. And take to Twitter to voice his anger, of course.
Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Again, the 1,250 people that President Obama agreed to resettle are asylum seekers, not illegal immigrants as President Trump stated in his tweet.
Fearing that war was about to break out with the land down under, Twitter users were quick to apologize on behalf of their president.
Can't believe Trump just flushed our relationship with Australia counterclockwise down the toilet.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 2, 2017
Trump's next targets for attack, after Australia:— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 2, 2017
Idaho (weird shape!)
Today's bummer: Trump screws up our relationship with Australia, a long-time ally. Our president is an impulsive, bad-tempered idiot.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 2, 2017
Someone please tell White House Australia has more troops fighting ISIS in Iraq than any other ally + has fought at our side since WW2— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 2, 2017
How do you fuck up Britain and Australia. Those are the two easiest alliances we have. It's even the same fucking language.— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) February 2, 2017
A friend notes that Australia is the only country which has fought alongside US in every conflict since WW2.— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 2, 2017
An incomplete list of times that Australia has been allied with the United States:— David Leonhardt (@DLeonhardt) February 2, 2017
Trump insulted or undermined our allies in Australia, Germany, Britain & Mexico. So far.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) February 2, 2017
But that Mr. Putin fellow? He looks mah-velous.
We still love you, Australia. Minus all the deadly animals that you have.