President Donald Trump is taking the same pugnacious approach he used in his presidential campaign for domestic issues and is increasingly making it a pillar of his foreign policy. He has recently tangled with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, and his national security adviser put Iran “on notice” that the United States will respond aggressively to new provocations.
An angry Trump cut short his phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Saturday in a dispute over refugees, according to the Washington Post in its Thursday editions. The Post said Trump accused the Australian government, one of the most reliable U.S. allies in the world, of trying to send terrorists into the United States under a refugee agreement. Trump said he had spoken with four other world leaders that day, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and “this was the worst call by far.” Turnbull apparently was trying to confirm that Trump would follow through on an earlier agreement negotiated with the administration of President Barack Obama to accept 1,250 refugees from Australian detention centers. Trump considers it a bad deal for the United States.
Turnbull declined to comment on the report.
In another phone conversation, with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Trump criticized the ability of the Mexican government to stop “bad hombres down there“–apparently a reference to drug dealers and other criminals who threaten the United States, according to The Associated Press. The AP reported that Trump threatened to send U.S. troops into Mexico to stop the “bad hombres.” The AP said Wednesday night that it obtained a partial transcript of the conversation, which occurred Friday, in which Trump said, “You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.” The transcript didn’t contain the Mexican leader’s response.