President Donald Trump’s recent phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has caused Australians to question U.S.-Aussie relations.
“Trump sounds like he’s on a teenage angst movie starring our own PM, Malcolm Turnbull,” one Aussie tweeted.
Turnbull’s recollection of the communication contradicts that of Trump’s. On Feb. 1, the Australian Prime Minister maintained that their relationship was still “very strong” and a refugee deal had been struck that “underlines the closeness of the alliance.”
Under the new deal, the U.S. has promised to re-settle up to 1,250 refugees who are currently being held in processing camps on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Australia has come under fire for refusing to accept them. Instead, they are paying for the asylum seekers to be housed on the destitute islands.
“I stand up for Australia in every forum – public or private,” said Turnbull.
In return for allowing the Pacific Islanders asylum in the U.S., Australia has agreed to take in refugees from El Salvador Guatemala and Honduras. However, Trump challenged Turnbull’s comments in a Twitter rant, according to The Huffington Post.
But according to The Washington Post, an irate Trump called the contract “the worst deal ever” and accused Turnbull of trying to let the “next Boston bombers” in.
“Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!” he tweeted on Feb. 1.
It’s been reported that Trump allegedly bragged about the size of his Electoral College win during the phone call on Jan. 28.
The White House tweeted a black-and-white photo of Trump in the Oval Office during the conversation, but upon closer inspection, some online users are speculating that Trump is giving the middle finger.
“Is it me, or is Trump kinda giving the finger when he’s on the phone to Turnbull?” someone tweeted.
Trump is seen behind his desk holding the official White House phone in his left hand with his middle finger up.
“The president is still considering whether or not he will move forward with this deal at this time,” the White House insisted.
“President Trump’s decision to honor the refugee agreement has not changed and Spokesman Spicer’s comments stand,” said the State Department.
Sources: The Washington Post, The Huffington Post / Photo credit: The White House/Twitter via Daily Mail