Full transcript leaked of Trump-Turnbull conversation

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Full transcript leaked of Trump-Turnbull conversation

Mr Trump: "You have brokered many a stupid deal in business, and I respect you, but I guarantee that you broke many a stupid deal. It is an embarrassment to the United States of America ... this is the most unpleasant call all day". "They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people". You can decide to take them or to not take them after vetting.

During a week in which Trump was repeatedly and harshly humiliated by Russia - to which he responded by attacking the U.S. Congress - the transcript reveals that Trump complained to a key U.S. ally that he enjoyed his call with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin much more than the call with Turnbull.

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Donald Trump's January phone calls with a pair of world leaders are drawing renewed attention now that full transcripts of the calls have been leaked to The Washington Post.

"Malcolm, why is this so important, I do not understand. That is why they are in prison right now", he said. I will study this dumb deal! "I am the world's greatest person that does not want to let people into the country".

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Mr Trump returned: "This is going to kill me".

The classified transcript of the January 28 conversation between the two leaders was published Thursday night (AEST) by The Washington Post, along with the contents of another call between Mr Trump and the Mexican President Peña Nieto.

In exchange, Australia has pledged to take Central American refugees from a centre in Costa Rica - where the U.S. has taken in a larger number of people in recent years.

Following Turnbull's commitment comment, Trump cuts him off: "Okay, this shows me to be a dope".

In May, Trump said the two had "actually a very nice call", but then admitted "it got a little bit testy, but that's OK". Putin was a pleasant call.

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In a similar exchange, he told Mr Trump: "You can certainly say that it was not a deal that you would have done, but you are going to stick with it". "This is a big deal."It is really, really important to us that we maintain it".

'Here I am calling for a ban where I am not letting anybody in and we take 2,000 people'. The call ended with them thanking each other.

In the end the call concludes abruptly, with Trump petulantly saying he would be forced to "say that I have no choice but to honor my predecessor's deal. I will be there again and again".

Trump first complimented Australia's policy of refusing refugees, saying to Turnbull, "You are worse than I am". He also tries to appeal to the value of commitments in global relations: "Mr. President, I think this will make you look like a man who stands by the commitments of the United States".

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