Turnbull’s refusal to condemn Trump’s Ban can only mean one thing. He supports it.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused to join other world leaders in condemning Donald Trump’s sweeping Muslim travel ban saying it’s not his job to run a commentary on the domestic policies of other countries.
Any hint of concern over the controversial Muslim visa ban and program of “extreme vetting of refugees” was noticeably absent from the Turnbull’s demeanour as he refused to be drawn on the mass protests unfolding over the travel bans.
Instead, Treasurer Scott Morrison took to the airwaves to gloat that the US was simply emulating Australia’s enviable immigration policies telling 2GB listeners that “they’ve had an election and the president has implemented what he said he would do.”
Morrison said the rest of the world “would love Australia’s borders and the way they were secured” but it’s up to each individual country as to how they manage border security.
Quite simply, the Federal Government’s refusal to denounce Trump’s Muslim visa ban can only mean one thing, the Turnbull Government supports it.
This leaves Australia’s official response of weak capitulation to the Trump administration grossly out of step with other world leaders.
“Receiving refugees is a duty of solidarity. Terrorism has no nationality, discrimination is not the answer,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
“We do not agree with this kind of approach, and it is not one we will be taking,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May.
“We will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad. Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality,” said Foreign Secretary of State Boris Johnson.
“Trump’s ban on refugees and immigrants from certain countries is shameful and cruel,” said London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan,
“The battle against terrorism does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“The president is dividing the Muslim world into good and evil, this will be bad for Europe because it will increase the Muslim world’s mistrust and hatred of the West,” said Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.
“Refugees people “must be treated equally regardless of religion, nationality and skin color,” said Norway prime minister, Erna Solberg.
Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen called Trump’s decision to block people from certain countries “extremely unwise.”
“We welcome our refugees and migrants wherever they come from,” said Prime Minister Bill English says New Zealand.