The Obama administration lobbied Australia to change its asylum seeker policy, actively disagreeing with the Australia's off-shore detention and "Stop the Boats" mentality.
Link Former US President Barack Obama did not agree with Australia's asylum seeker policy, according to a former Deputy Secretary of State who worked in his administration.
The deal was the subject of a tense first phone call between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Mr Trump labelling it "stupid", "rotten", "horrible" and "disgusting".
In contrast to Mr Turnbull, who, in a leaked transcript of his conversation with Mr Trump called the asylum seekers "economic refugees", Ms Higginbottom, who said she was the Obama administration official responsible for negotiating the agreement with Australia, had a different view.
"Basically, we are taking people from the previous administration that they were very keen on getting out of the United States," Mr Turnbull told Mr Trump.