Donald Trump cuts short 'worst call by far' with Australian PM

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Earlier on Thursday, the Washington Post reported Trump berated Turnbull in a January 28 phone call when discussing the deal. Based on the statements from both camps, we all thought it was a mutually pleasant encounter in which Trump agreed to honour the refugee deal Australia struck with the Obama administration. "But I can confirm to you that the report that the president hung up on me is not correct", he said, adding that the alliance between the two countries "is absolutely rock solid". Trump said. "The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why?"

At least five top members of Congress who regularly deal with Australia and military and intelligence cooperation spoke with Hockey Thursday.

The comment came after Mr Trump blamed the "fake news media" for misreporting the nature of his phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The tension flared over an asylum seeker deal Mr Turnbull negotiated with former president Barack Obama a year ago for refugees held on Manus Island and Nauru be resettled in America. When Turnbull attempted to change the topic of the conversation from refugees to Syria and other foreign issues, Trump reportedly ended the call.

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But according to The Washington Post, Trump accused Australia of trying to send the USA a new wave of "Boston Bombers". Trump also called his phone call with Turnbull as "the worst call so far" in the day.

What was supposed to be a friendly call between allies that was supposed to last an hour went south in under 25 minutes.

Mr Turnbull said he was disappointed details of the call, which he described as "very frank and forthright", had been made public.

The President took to Twitter to say that Iran has formally been put on notice for firing a ballistic missile. The Trump administration later confirmed that it would receive 1,250 refugees from Australia but would apply "extreme vetting" to those seeking asylum.

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Turnbull refuted the claims however, saying that he has received assurances from Trump that the agreement would be going ahead. But Trump demurred and ended the call, making it far shorter than his conversations with Shinzo Abe of Japan, Angela Merkel of Germany, François Hollande of France or Putin.

Three people were killed in the blast and more than 260 injured.

The State Department also said the U.S. would honour the agreement "out of respect for close ties to our Australian ally and friend".

That came after the White House issued a warning that the United States will act against Iran unless it stops testing ballistic missiles and supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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