White House reportedly backtracking on refugee deal with Australia

Our refugee deal with the US might be in jeopardy once again after a source reportedly told an Australian journalist Trump was reconsidering.
Donald Trump earlier confirmed the US would honour it's deal with Australia.

United States president Donald Trump is reportedly reconsidering his promise to Australia to take in refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.

The ABC is reporting a White House source said Mr Trump is still considering the deal, despite press secretary Sean Spicer earlier saying the deal was going ahead.

Mr Spicer said the refugees would be subjected to “extreme vetting” under the country’s new immigration ban, but a source from within the White House told the ABC it’s not confirmed yet and if it does go ahead it will only be because of America’s “longstanding relationship with Australia”.

The report has left many wondering if the 1250 refugees on Nauru and Manus Island will even make to the US and what will happen to them when they get there.

Mr Trump and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke on the phone on Sunday night and the president was said to have confirmed the deal then.

So how is Mr Turnbull going to react to this news? The government struck up the deal with the Obama administration and there were worries Mr Trump would throw the plans in the bin as soon as he took office.

There was a collective sigh of relief when the White House confirmed the deal was going ahead earlier this morning, but now it appears the plan is up in the air once more.

Australia has been routinely criticised for its treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island over the past few years, with the Human Rights watchdog and the United Nations branding the offshore detention as “inhumane”.

Now, there was finally a chance to shut down the program and re-home genuine refugees in the US. So is it all about to go belly up?

What are your thoughts? Do you think Trump will honour the deal? Or will he backtrack at the last minute?

  1. Guy Flavell  

    “The ABC is reporting” … are the key words to this article. Perhaps just a smidgen
    of their usual left-wing bias coming to light again ??? Oh, surely not heaven forbid !!

  2. Richard Milligan, Bundaberg  

    I told you so,

  3. Patricia Bates  

    He will back out of the deal , you can be sure of that. He is just pulling the strings to see how ar he can go.

  4. Lesley P  

    Stupid of Malcolm Turnbull to jump the gun on this by declaring it a done deal without dotting the “i’s” and crossing the “t’s” and knowing full well what a basket case Trump is.

    • Joan Marshall  

      Lesley president Trump is not a basket case. It is Hillary Clinton who is the basket case and any one who thinks like her is also a basket case after all the disgraceful human being has done.

  5. Joy Anne Bourke  

    I totally agree. I told you so, Trump would back out. I hope he does and leaves mud on Turnbull’s face.
    Stupid Turnbull thinking he had Trump in his hands. HAHA.

  6. Joan Marshall  

    So what if President Trump backs out of the deal with Australia of Manus island refugees this deal was done under the time of Obama. I am glad Obama is not in the White House anymore. Socialism encourages taking from people who work hard to give to laggards. Among the refugees will probably be educated people who can contribute to American Society and I bet there are a lot of uneducated ones who will be a burden on the tax payer.

    • Guy Flavell  

      “Laggards” … what a fabulous word Joan … and highly descriptive too.

    • Sally Norton  

      In a way I feel sorry for Trump. He has probably never heard of Nauru or Manus Island. Only been in office a few weeks & gets that thrown at him. Needs time to digest it all & get back to Turnbull.None of us had heard of it until Immigration came into it. Must admit do not like Trump, but give him a chance to settle in, & his wife as well.

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