Trump Says Europe Is 'Losing Its Culture' Due to Immigration - Lauretta Brown

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

President Trump on Thursday bemoaned the impact of immigration on Europe, saying it's "changed the fabric" of the continent.

'I think it's been bad for Europe. I think Europe is a place I know very well and I think what has happened is very tough.

Trump insisted everyday Brits would also side with his tough positions.

"I think it's been very bad for Europe".

'The UK has a proud history of welcoming people who flee persecution or want to contribute to our economy and society.

He was referencing hearings that immigrants get for asylum claims or the process of charging people who come to the country illegally.

But the Prime Minister disagreed, in something of a 'Love Actually' moment of defiance that people earlier in the day had been calling for.

"What is important is that we have a set of rules that enables us to determine who comes into our country", she said.

During the press conference, the president lashed out at immigration laws back home, too. "We're doing very well considering the fact that we don't have immigration laws".

The two leaders were asked about Trump's interview with The Sun newspaper in which he argued that Europe is "losing its culture" because of immigration.

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Khan said on Friday that he was "trying to rise above" the jibe, but when asked if the door of City Hall would be open to Trump if he wanted a face-to-face meeting, he added: "I'm happy to meet President Trump and to explain to him, in a respectful, courteous manner where I think he's wrong on a number of issues, to hear him out, see what his explanation is for holding me responsible for the attacks we saw in London previous year".

And I don't think its good for our country.

"I think they better watch themselves because you are changing culture you are changing a lot of things, you're changing security", he continued. "Look around. You go through certain areas that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago". Look at what is going on in London.

"I have a great relationship with Angela Merkel", Trump said, referring to the German chancellor.

"I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the awful things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in", he went on.

"The wonderful thing about our city is the diversity".

"I don't think you can deny that, but I think when immigration is mass and uncontrolled we will have a problem", he added. Khan previously called for Trump's working visit to the United Kingdom to be canceled, saying that "his policies go against everything we stand for".

"We all tout our nation as being a nation of immigrants", Espaillat said. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he drew global condemnation for a call to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S. Since entering the White House, he has enacted travel restrictions for citizens from some Muslim-majority countries, curtailed refugee admissions to the U.S. and called for "extreme vetting" of those entering the U.S.

"Why are we having all these people from s--hole countries come here?"

Trump said he believes that the U.K.'s Brexit vote in 2016 was in part a response to lax European immigration laws, and he has frequently tried to use Europe as a cautionary tale for the USA, where he is seeking to implement more hawkish migration policies.

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