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VP defends Trump over vulgar remarks on African immigrants

VP defends Trump over vulgar remarks on African immigrants

World
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday defended President Donald Trump over his recent comments disparaging immigration from Africa and Haiti, telling The Associated Press that the president's "heart" is aimed at a merit-based system that is blind to immigrants' "race or creed." Pence, in an interview with the AP from Jerusalem, said the president was intent on implementing a merit-based system that encourages immigration by those who will "contribute to a growing American economy and thriving communities." "I know the president's heart and I know that what President Trump wants to do is reform immigration to make our system one that puts the interests of America first," Pence said. He added that immigrants should be considered on their merits, "regardless of what country they come from...
'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful': World leaders blast Trump's 's—hole' remarks

'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful': World leaders blast Trump's 's—hole' remarks

World
World condemnation came quickly today after President Donald Trump's remarks calling Haiti and other African countries "s---hole countries" Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, characterized the remarks as "racist." "This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia," he told reporters at a briefing in Geneva Friday. "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States." In an Oval Office meeting at the White House Thursday, Trump grew frustrated at a proposed bipartisan immigration plan that would scale back the visa lottery program, but not eliminate it, asking those in the...
Philip Hammond says his remarks were a poor choice of words

Philip Hammond says his remarks were a poor choice of words

Business
The chancellor has labelled the European Union's Brexit negotiators as "the enemy" - a remark he subsequently described as a "poor choice of words".During a television interview, Philip Hammond also called the negotiators "the opponents" and said they should "behave like grown-ups".But he tweeted later: "I was making the point that we are united at home. I regret I used a poor choice of words."Mr Hammond is in Washington for an International Monetary Fund meeting.He has been criticised for saying that the Brexit process has created uncertainty, and this week a former chancellor claimed he was trying to sabotage the talks.During a series of media interviews in Washington, Mr Hammond told Sky News that "passions are high" in the party "but we are all going to the same place".But he added: "T...