Thursday, July 9, 2015

Donald Trump backlash: 'I love Mexico' but promises border wall if elected

By Martin Pengelly, The Guardian
June 28, 2015

As the aftershocks of his campaign launch attack on Mexico and Mexicans rumbled on, Donald Trump used an interview on Sunday to say “I love Mexico”.

The business mogul-turned-White House hopeful subsequently said, however, that once in office he would if necessary do “something very severe” to make Mexico pay for his promised border wall between the two countries.

Launching his bid for the Republican nomination in 2016 at his business HQ in New York, Trump was discussing his views on immigration when he said: “[Mexico is] sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.”

Responses included official condemnation, the withdrawal by TV network Univision from Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, a golf course ban and the creation in Mexico of a Donald Trum-campaign. [...]

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