Australia-US refugee deal remains alive

Violet Powell
February 3, 2017

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The official read-out of the conversation, however, said that the two leaders had "emphasised the enduring strength and closeness of the US-Australia relationship that is critical for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and globally".

"It's better that these conversations are conducted candidly, frankly, privately".

"I don't think Australia should be anxious about its relationship with our new president, or with our country, for that matter", Ryan said, making reference to a September meeting he had with Turnbull.

Separately, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) affirmed Australia as a "very important ally" during a press conference on Thursday.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Lima, Peru on November 18, 2016.

That was put to rest by a tweet from Trump, which said he would re-examine the "dumb deal".

Mr Beazley wasn't surprised Mr Trump was asking why the previous administration signed up to the deal, which allows for Australia to take refugees from Central America, given his views.

Mr Trump later tweeted that he would "study this dumb deal".

Australia's former ambassador to Washington Kim Beazley has had his own tough conversations with the United States in the past.

Australia-US refugee deal remains alive

The letter comes after The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Trump blasted the Obama-era plan during a call on Saturday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Trump told Turnbull that accepting those refugees would get him killed politically.

Mr Pyne concedes the deal is not one President Trump would have made if he was in office and he obviously doesn't like it.

Australia has also agreed to permit some 1,250 U.S. Marines per year to rotate through Australia for training.

Mexican and White House officials vehemently denied the report.

Senator Graham, who was a judge advocate in the US Air Force and worked alongside the Australian military in Iraq and Afghanistan and whose father was stationed in Australia in World War II, said the alliance would survive.

But in the Australian media, Trump comes across differently - unreliable, yes, but also smarter and tougher than his Aussie counterpart. "Every day we hear good news and then bad news", he said.

In an interview with Sydney Radio 2SM, Turnbull assured Australians that the USA would honor the agreement despite Trump's latest comments.

There were fears Mr Trump would rescind it after he signed an executive order last week suspending the arrival of refugees to the U.S. for a least 120 days, and barring entry for three months to people from seven Muslim-majority countries. As Trump's top advisers lamented the apparent leak of details from a high-level phone call, other lawmakers voiced concern about the state of the U.S. -Australia alliance.

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