Trump: Don't worry about my "tough phone calls"

Speaking at a prayer breakfast, the President continued to defend his controversial immigration order

Trump: Don't worry about my "tough phone calls"

President Donald Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. | Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images

President Donald Trump told people not to worry about his "tough phone calls" following a reportedly tense call with Australia's Prime Minister about his immigration order.

Speaking a prayer breakfast attended by religious leaders and politicians, President Trump said he wanted to prevent a "beachhead of intolerance" from spreading in the United States.

"The world is in trouble, but we're going to straighten it out, OK? That's what I do - I fix things," Trump said in his speech.

"When you hear about the tough phone calls I'm having, don't worry abut it. They're tough. We have to be tough. We're taken advantage of by every nation in the world virtually. It's not going to happen anymore."

President Trump's executive order a week ago put a 120-day halt on the US refugee program, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely and imposed a 90-day suspension on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. 

He continued to defend the order, saying the United States has taken "necessary action" in recent days to protect religious liberty in the United States, referring to his immigration action.

"Unwavering support"

Sen John McCain confirmed he called the Australian ambassador to the US Joe Hockey to express his "unwavering support". 

"I asked Ambassador Hockey to convey to the people of Australia that their American brothers and sisters value our historic alliance, honor the sacrifice of the Australians who have served and are serving by our side, and remain committed to the safer, freer and better world that Australia does far more than its fair share to protect and promote," the statement reads.

'Pray for Arnold'

President Trump also took time during his speech to ask attendees to pray for the new host of The Apprentice Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the show's ratings.

Referring to him as the "big movie star" producer Mark Burnett replaced him with, he said: "We know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tubes. It's been a total disaster. And Mark will never ever bet against Trump again."

Schwarzenegger has since responded:

"Hey Donald, I have a great idea: Why don’t we switch jobs?” Schwarzenegger suggested in a video posted to Twitter. "You take over TV because you’re such an expert in ratings, and I take over your job, so then people can finally sleep comfortably again."