US to honour ‘dumb’ refugee exchange deal with Australia

The US is going to honour a controversial refugee exchange deal with Australia, despite Donald Trump’s claims that it is “dumb”.Vice-president Mike Pence has said the agreement to resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers, which was made by the Obama administration, is being fulfilled “out of respect to the extremely important alliance” between the US and Australia.But during a news conference in Sydney alongside Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Pence said honouring the agreement “doesn’t mean that we admire it”.The vice-president’s trip, which is part of a 10-day tour of Asia-Pacific, is widely seen as an effort to smooth over relations with Australia.

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