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Trump policies strains longtime US, Australia ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters/UNS) – U.S. ties with staunch ally Australia became strained on Thursday after details about an acrimonious phone call between its leaders emerged and U.S. President Donald Trump said a deal between the two nations on refugee resettlement was “dumb.”

During a 25-minute phone call last Saturday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump accused Australia of trying to export the “next Boston bombers” under the agreement, the Washington Post reported.

The Post, which cited unidentified senior U.S. officials, said that Trump abruptly ended the call and told Turnbull that it was the “worst call by far” he’d had with a foreign leader.

The description of the call and a subsequent tweet from Trump promising to study what he called a “dumb deal” caused concern among lawmakers from Republican and Democratic parties.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. ties with staunch ally Australia became strained on Thursday after details about an acrimonious phone call between its leaders emerged and U.S. President Donald Trump said a deal between the two nations on refugee resettlement was “dumb.”

During a 25-minute phone call last Saturday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump accused Australia of trying to export the “next Boston bombers” under the agreement, the Washington Post reported.

The Post, which cited unidentified senior U.S. officials, said that Trump abruptly ended the call and told Turnbull that it was the “worst call by far” he’d had with a foreign leader.

The description of the call and a subsequent tweet from Trump promising to study what he called a “dumb deal” caused concern among lawmakers from Republican and Democratic parties.

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