- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 2, 2017

Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President Trump, said Thursday that the White House didn’t leak details of a reportedly heated conversation between President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“We’re the ones not leaking,” Ms. Conway said on “Fox & Friends.” “You’re a little bit hamstrung when you’re the ones upholding either the law or, frankly, upholding a gentlemen’s agreement to not release.”

“It’s not being leaked from the White House,” Ms. Conway said when asked if it could have been the State Department.

“But I will say this: It’s dangerous to have these leaks, whether it’s the intelligence reports earlier … or calls like this,” she said.

Mr. Trump abruptly hung up 25 minutes into what was supposed to be an hourlong call with Mr. Turnbull after lamenting an agreement in which the U.S. was to take in 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.



Mr. Trump also told Mr. Turnbull he had spoken to four other world leaders that day, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that “this was the worst call by far,” according to the report.

“Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!” Mr. Trump said on Twitter late Wednesday after the report was published.

Mr. Trump also reportedly had a heated conversation with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Mr. Pena Nieto’s scheduled trip to the White House was cancelled once the Mexican president reaffirmed that his country would not pay for a wall along the United States’ southern border.

“Anybody who just discovered that President Donald J. Trump is a resolute, decisive man who doesn’t mince his words and who’s putting America and her allies and her people and her interests first is waking up, I think, out of a cave for the last two years,” Ms. Conway said.

“But at the same time, he has had very respectful conversations with many leaders just in the last week or so, 10 or more world leaders,” she said. “He is trying to reach out to them … but he also makes very clear what his position is on any number of issues around the globe.”

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