President Donald Trump has been speaking to a lot of world leaders this week. His most recent call was with the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull.
During the phone call Trump brought up the agreement introduced under Obama that would see the United States accept 1,250 refugees from Australia. Known mostly as the “boat people”, refugees flock to Australia’s northern coast via boat from heavily Muslim populated countries such as Indonesia.
Clearly this agreement is bad for the United States and was signed by a weak Obama administration, and Trump told the Australian Prime Minister this!
Trump said the deal involved “probably well over a thousand illegal immigrants who were in prisons and they were going to take them into this country and I said why? Just wanted to ask the question.”
But oh no, in steps the traitor – John McCain!
McCain said “it was an unnecessary and frankly harmful open dispute over an issue which is not nearly as important as United States-Australian cooperation and working together, including training of our marines in Australia and other areas of military cooperation and intelligence.”
McCain later put out a statement saying he had personally called Australia’s ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, to express support for the alliance.
“I asked Ambassador Hockey to convey to the people of Australia that their American brothers and sisters value our historic alliance, honour the sacrifice of the Australians who have served and are serving by our side, and remain committed to the safer, freer, and better world that Australia does far more than its fair share to protect and promote,” he said in a statement.
Clearly, McCain has no confidence in President Trump or the United States of America – why can’t Trump question the agreement? Why can’t Trump renegotiate a new deal with Australia? We can still be allies and “mates” with the Australians but why should we take 1,250+ refugees off their hands?
Trump was right to question the agreement. Good for him!