President Trump told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a combative phone call that the refugees the Obama administration had agreed to accept from Australia "are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people," The Washington Post reported.
According to a transcript of the private call, published Thursday by The Washington Post, Trump and Turnbull discussed an Obama agreement in which the United States would vet and take in refugees who had been imprisoned after trying to enter Australia by boat.
"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," Trump said. "I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people."
Trump called the Obama-era agreement "rotten" and said that this deal was the reason why Democratic runner Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election.
"That is why they lost the election, because of stupid deals like this. You have brokered many a stupid deal in business and I respect you, but I guarantee that you broke many a stupid deal," Trump said. "This is a stupid deal. This deal will make me look terrible."
The phone call came days after Trump announced his executive order to ban people from six predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days.
"We are going to allow 2,000 prisoners to come into our country and it is within the realm of my executive order? If that is the case my executive order does not mean anything [Malcolm]. I look like a dope," Trump said.
The president later issued a revised version of the executive order in May after federal appeals courts blocked the initial ban. The Supreme Court allowed the travel ban to take partial effect in June, and will hear the case in the fall.