A bombshell report from Politico is shedding new light on a refugee exchange program between the Obama White House and Australia; claiming America swapped Rwandans accused of “butchering American tourists” in the final days of the administration.
“The Obama administration reportedly agreed to offload three Rwandans accused of slaughtering Americans to Australia — a previously unknown arrangement connected to a broader migrant swap between the two countries that made headlines last year when President Trump balked at the deal,” reports Fox News.
“A lengthy Politico report detailed how the administration agreed to transfer the three Rwandan men accused of a gruesome 1999 attack against Western tourists on a gorilla-watching visit to Uganda. They had been extradited to the U.S. and charged under terrorism laws, but in 2006 a judge ruled that the men’s confessions to the attacks that left two Americans and six other Western tourists dead were extracted through torture by Rwandan officials. The case was dropped and the men were left in limbo until the Obama-era deal,” adds the article.
The deal sent the prisoners to Australia in the final days of the Obama administration in exchange for 1,250 migrants.
“Here I am calling for a ban where I am not letting anybody in and we take 2,000 people. Really it looks like 2,000 people that Australia does not want and I do not blame you by the way, but the United States has become like a dumping ground,” said Donald Trump at the time.
Current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed to get to the bottom of the scandal with voters heading to the polls in days.
“I don’t intend to make a commentary on allegations that have been made … but simply to assure Australians that they are the process we undertake, and these are the same security agencies that have thwarted 15 terrorist attacks,” he said.
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