Trump ramps up opposition to Turnbull’s refugee deal

It’s been the question on many people’s lips in the past few days… will Donald Trump honour Barack Obama’s deal
Donald Trump has criticised the refugee deal struck between Barack Obama and Malcolm Turnbull. Source: YouTube

It’s been the question on many people’s lips in the past few days… will Donald Trump honour Barack Obama’s deal with Australia to take some of the refugees on Nauru and Manus Island?

There’s been a lot of will he and won’t he questions, and mixed messages from various official sources including the Australian Government, the White House and the US State Department

And now,  Trump himself has finally spoken out about it.

The POTUS used his now infamous Twitter account to blast the deal.

“Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!” he wrote.

It’s another twist for the deal, which has gone from certain to maybe to unlikely and back around in circles in recent days.

Just as recently as this morning Malcolm Turnbull was saying he was sure the deal would go ahead, as was the US Embassy and State Department.

Trump’s tweet comes just hours after the Washington Post reported on details of a phone call between Trump and Turnbull in which the US president reportedly described the refugee deal as “the worst deal ever”.

It’s sure to make you wonder, what will happen next?

What do you think about this? Do you think the deal will ever go ahead?

  1. James Breen  

    Apparently, the development of the human face and throat structures reached a point where they were able to make noises which represented objects and actions – ‘speech’- somewhere between 300,000 and 60,000 years ago, depending on who you listen to. Later (about 5,500 years ago, so they say), they were able to develop symbols which represented individual noises, so instead of drawing a picture of a bloke on a wall (or slab of rock, or sheet of dried animal skin or papyrus), they could write the sequence of symbols – ‘word’ – which represented the noise they used for ‘bloke’ in their particular language.
    This was a pivotal event in human history, for now people could keep records, communicating ideas, theories, mythologies, and even facts, easily from one generation to another. There’s no need to go on about how this ability to communicate has been improved and refined over the millennia. We are in the fortunate position of being able to benefit from the ingenuity of our forebears, to the point where almost any idea, thought, opinion, agreement, disagreement, etc can be transmitted from one mind to another (or many others) with perfect understanding.
    This being the case, it beggars belief that the elected representatives of the populations of two big ol’ powerful nations…OK, the elected representatives of the populations of a big ol’ powerful nation and Australia…cannot agree about what was agreed between the previous elected representative of the population of the big ol’ powerful nation and the elected etc. of Australia.
    Didn’t somebody write something down?
    Is it really possible that the efforts of all those people and proto-people over all those thousands of years have been reduced to nought by these people who were nominated as the representatives of their respective populations?
    Just asking.

  2. Murray Walker  

    Time to get over it folks. Australia it’s time to deal with our own refugee issues. Those currently in detention must be assessed without further delays given asylum or returned to their country of origin. The off shore detention centres closed. Any further asylum seekers should be assessed and managed promptly and respectfully. Time for our government to step up start running the country.

  3. Joan Marshall  

    President Trump is trying to look after Americans and it is time for him to stick to his policy that put him in his position by the people. Proper leaders have to make tough decisions and President Trump is making tough decisions particularly banning people from seven countries to get control on terrorism. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is spending too much time appeasing his cabinet and all the do gooders instead of making some tough decisions for the people that put him in his position.

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