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Prime Minister Says Aussies Are Exempt From Trump's Travel Ban

Turnbull also brushed off a former US ambassador who said "the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality".

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In the last few days the UK and Canada confirmed with the Trump administration that their dual nationals who come from the seven Muslim countries banned under Trump's controversial executive order would still be able to get into the United States.

Prime Minister @TurnbullMalcolm confirms Australian passport holders will be able to travel to the US as normal.… https://t.co/XGPFosUXEa

Turnbull said Australia's ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, had secured the "assurances" from Trump's White House on Tuesday.

"Our ambassador has just called me to say that he's had assurances, confirmation, from the White House that Australian passport holders, regardless of their place of birth, whether they are dual nationals or whether they hold another passport, will be welcome to come and go to the United States in the usual way," Turnbull said on Sky News.

There had been widespread confusion about whether dual nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen travelling on passports from other countries were included in Trump's ban.

It comes after former US ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich posted a scathing Facebook status about the refugee ban, which included an obvious nod to how Australia's senior politicians had responded.

Facebook: jeff.bleich

"I take no pleasure in condemning our nation's actions," Bleich wrote. "But the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality."

Turnbull has refused to comment on Bleich's Facebook status.

"When I need to give frank advice, fearless advice, I do so privately but I don't comment on American domestic policy," he said.

"Others can engage in commentary, my job is stand up for Australia, Australians' interests, and that's what we've done today."

Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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