The leakiest administration ever continues to leak. Today, the Washington Post published transcripts of those calls with Mexico’s president and Australia’s prime minister that got a lot of attention a few months ago. Here’s just the Trump side of the end of his conversation with Malcolm Turnbull, prime minister of Australia, about the American agreement to vet and accept 1,250 economic refugees:
Look, I spoke to Putin, Merkel, Abe of Japan, to France today, and this was my most unpleasant call because I will be honest with you. I hate taking these people. I guarantee you they are bad.
….I do not know how you got them to sign a deal like this, but that is how they lost the election. They said I had no way to 270 and I got 306. That is why they lost the election, because of stupid deals like this.
….This shows me to be a dope. I am not like this but, if I have to do it, I will do it but I do not like this at all. I will be honest with you. Not even a little bit. I think it is ridiculous and Obama should have never signed it. The only reason I will take them is because I have to honor a deal signed by my predecessor and it was a rotten deal. I say that it was a stupid deal like all the other deals that this country signed.
….We are like a dumping ground for the rest of the world. I have been here for a period of time, I just want this to stop. I look so foolish doing this. It [sic] know it is good for you but it is bad for me. It is horrible for me. This is what I am trying to stop. I do not want to have more San Bernardino’s or World Trade Centers. I could name 30 others, but I do not have enough time.
….I do not know what he got out of it. We never get anything out of it – START Treaty, the Iran deal. I do not know where they find these people to make these stupid deals. I am going to get killed on this thing.
Throughout the entire conversation, Turnbull sounds like a kindergarten teacher trying to calm a screaming five-year-old. He keeps patiently explaining what the deal is actually about, and Trump just refuses to listen, instead erupting time and again about how this makes him look like a chump. I can only imagine what Turnbull said to whoever was nearby when he finally hung up.
On the Mexican side of things, it turns out that Trump never uttered the phrase “bad hombres.” He called them “tough hombres.” The FAKE NEWS got it wrong as usual.