Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter did not tell Trump of refugee deal

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

The Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter on Mon­day con­firmed that he did not tell Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump that the United States had agreed to re­set­tle an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of refugees lan­guish­ing at Aus­tralia’s ex­pense in Pa­cific is­land camps.

In an­nounc­ing the deal on Sun­day, Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull would not say whether he had dis­cussed it with Trump dur­ing their tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion on Thurs­day.

Turn­bull could not say whether the refugees would be re­set­tled be­fore the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion takes over on Jan. 20. The num­bers and tim­ing would be de­cided by the United States.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion had agreed to re­set­tle refugees among al­most 1,300 asy­lum seek­ers held at Aus­tralia’s ex­pense on the is­land na­tions of Nauru and Pa­pua New Guinea. Another 370 who came to Aus­tralia for med­i­cal treat­ment and then re­fused to re­turn to the is­lands would also be el­i­gi­ble.

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