President Donald Trump abruptly interrupted a telephone conversation with the Australian prime minister last week, The Washington Post reported.
According to the paper, Trump interrupted communication with Michael Turnbull after criticizing the agreement to relocate refugees and extol their November election victory.
Australia is one of the United States’ closest allies, one of the so-called “five eyes” with which Washington shares sensitive information.
Of his four phone conversations with world leaders last week, “this was the worst by far,” Trump told Turnbull, according to the Post.
When asked about the conversation on Thursday, the Australian prime minister replied: “I appreciate your interest, but it is better than these things, that these talks are private.”
“I can assure you that the relationship is very strong,” he added.
The Post’s story is quite different from the official report offered by both governments after the conversation.
Turnbull said Monday that with Trump they agreed to honor the agreement reached with former President Barack Obama to relocate an unspecified number of the 1,600 people that Australia hosts in centers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
There are fears that Trump will change the agreement after promulgating an anti-immigration decree suspending the entry of refugees and citizens of seven Muslim countries.
Following the Post’s report, Trump questioned the agreement on Twitter.
“Can you believe it? The Obama administration agreed to receive thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this silly agreement, “he wrote.