I’ll talk about recent phone calls Trump had with the Mexican and Australian leaders.
Trump had a phone call with Mexico last Friday and during a part of the call they were talking about drug cartels in Mexico.
I will show you an excerpt that was provided to CNN and to AP.
CNN: “You have some pretty tough hombres in Mexico that you may need help with. We are willing to help with that big-league, but they have to be knocked out and you have not done a good job knocking them out.”
AP: ”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.”
You can see that both phrases are similar but have different wording with regards to “military.”
“Hombre” is the Spanish word for “man” — here is the LSM (Mexican Sign Language) sign for it.
Trump did use the term “hombre” previously during one of his campaign debates with Hillary Clinton, which sparked a reaction by people who felt the word was used in a denigrating way.
An anonymous White House official told ABC News that that the comments were lighthearted and was a part of a discussion on how to fight drug cartels. Mexican government representatives said the conversation with Trump was respectful and constructive.
A Mexican newspaper, Aristegui Notices, gave a different perspective. It said that Trump also said, “I don’t need the Mexicans. I don’t need Mexico. We are going to build the wall and you all are going to pay for it, like it or not.” Trump then talked about drugs coming from Mexico into the U.S. — Trump said he would not permit the drugs coming from Mexico into America to continue massacring his cities, which seems to be the context in which Trump talked about sending in U.S. military to fight cartels.
So that’s the latest with Mexico. Reports are that Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner (who is also Trump’s son-in-law), is managing the relationship with Mexico.
Now Australia — on Saturday Trump had a confrontational phone call with their prime minister Malcolm Turnbull over a deal between the U.S. and Australian governments that was made by the Obama administration — to move 1,250 refugees that were in Australia offshore detention camps to the U.S. Most of the refugees are from Iran, some from Iraq and Somalia. Australia has a tough policy on refugees who arrive by boat and have been holding them for a long time, looking to resettle them. The U.N. and various human rights groups said the detention camps are cruel and illegal.
Apparently the Obama administration made an one-time deal with Australia in November for them to accept the refugees if Australia would accept refugees from Costa Rica at a refugee center that was being supported by the U.S. government. Both governments denied there was a “swap” deal, saying both were unrelated.
Now that Trump is president, he is clearly not wanting to honor the Obama agreement to accept the 1,250 refugees. Apparently during the call Trump said this was a very bad deal that would kill him politically — and that the “next Boston bomber” could be among the refugees. Apparently the call was shortened — Trump might have hung up on the call, or cut it short.
Trump talked about the deal last night on Twitter:
“Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!”
Australian PM Turnbull said he was disappointed that the details of the call was made public. There is now pressure on him from Australians who want to know more about what happened during the phone call and what the status of the refugees would be because there were conflicting statements from the Australian government saying the U.S. would still honor the agreement.
President Trump did address the phone calls this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast. He said, not to worry about the tough phone calls because it was time to be tough, because they were virtually being taken advantage of by every nation in the world.
It is clear from Trump’s phone calls with Mexico and Australia that he will talk to world leaders in the same confrontational tone we have seen him use here in the U.S. The world is now dealing with a different America, that’s for sure.