It seems almost unbelievable.
Trump has kicked off his presidency with an iron-fisted immigration ban that effectively will prevent 218 million people entering America. Signed this week, the ban will see anyone from his seven black-listed ‘Muslim-majority’ nations unable enter the US for 90 days, or be issued an immigrant or non-immigrant visa.
Refugees from war torn Syria are banned indefinitely.
Around the world, even the most conservative of political leaders have stood defiantly to condemn Trump’s policy and the pandemonium it has caused.
“We do not agree with this approach, and it is not one we will be taking” stated British Prime Minister Theresa May; whilst French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault stated, “Terrorism doesn’t have a nationality; discrimination is not an answer.”
Liberal leaders like Justin Trudeau were even more forthright in their support.
“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,” he tweeted on Saturday.
But on home soil, our silence was deafening.
When Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull finally did step up to the podium to make an official comment yesterday, it was shamefully noncommittal.
After a short spiel promoting the Australian-American political relationship, he opened the floor to questions. Inevitably, he was asked about his opinion on Trump’s recently installed Muslim immigration ban. He shifted uncomfortably in front of the cameras before delivering a response that left many shocked.
“It’s not my job as Prime Minister of Australia to run a commentary on the domestic policies of other countries,” he said.
“We have here, in Australia, border security arrangements that are the envy of the world.”
Sensing the stunned response, Prime Minister Turnbull was quick to defend himself.
“When I was at the U.N. in September,” he said, “leader after leader spoke to me about how much they admired the intelligence-based security systems we have on our border to keep Australians safe, and to keep terrorists out of Australia.”
It was an embarrassment.
In the days since Trump’s election, it has been universally understood that the world has undergone a seismic shift.
Madness has replaced reason, fear has replaced compassion, and greed has replaced hospitality.