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Trump stands by 'culture' criticism of European immigration

Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Political artist, Kaya Mar holds a painting depicting Donald Trump, during protests in London, Friday, July 13, 2018. 'Super Callous Fragile Racist Sexist Nazi POTUS': That placard, referencing Mary Poppins, is just one of the many humorous and creative signs seen at the huge rallies protesting Trump's visit to Britain. Huge crowds poured into London's streets Friday to protest Trump's policies, from immigration to race relations to women and climate change.

England (AP):

President Donald Trump pressed ahead with his complaints that European immigration policies are changing the "fabric of Europe" and destroying European culture.

During a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump backtracked on the criticism of May that he made in an explosive interview released as he began his visit to the country, but he reiterated his belief that Europe's decision to accept migrants from Middle Eastern and African countries is "a very negative thing for Europe".

Standing next to May at Chequers, the prime minister's official country estate, Trump acknowledged that his remarks were "politically not necessarily correct", but he said that European countries needed to "watch themselves".

"You are changing culture, you are changing a lot of things," he said, adding, "You see the same terror attacks that I do."

Trump was reiterating a position he articulated in an interview released on Thursday by The Sun in which he also criticised May's handling of Brexit negotiations and said "I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad."

May quickly rebutted Trump during their joint appearance, saying that the UK had a "proud history of welcoming people who are fleeing persecution to our country".

"Over the years, overall immigration has been good for the UK," she added. "It's brought people with different backgrounds, different outlooks here to the UK, and we've seen them contributing to our society and our economy".

Critics have faulted the president for using language that echoes white supremacist laments about the loss of white power.