Did President Donald Trump have a point when, according to reports, he blasted the Australian prime minister on a phone call Tuesday, saying refugee deal Australia struck with the Obama administration is "the worst deal ever"?
The agreement, Trump later said while speaking to reporters at the White House, involves bringing more than 1,000 "illegal immigrants who were in prisons" into the US.
Australia probably won't appreciate its facilities in the Pacific being described as "prisons," and the asylum seekers detained there probably don't appreciate being called "illegal immigrants." But here we are.
"When a previous administration does something, you have to respect that," Trump said. "But you can also say 'why are we doing this?'"
Why indeed? Here's what's going on with the US-Australia deal, which is really two separate agreements that amount to a refugee swap.