Trump Goes on Anti-Immigrant Rant: They’re ‘Changing The Culture’ of Europe

Donald Trump’s interview caused severe embarrassment for the prime minister

Donald Trump’s interview caused severe embarrassment for the prime ministerREUTERS

Asked whether he thought that immigration was damaging the cultural fabric of the country - the question raised in relation to comments made by the President at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Thursday and a previous interview in the British press - President Trump said: "I think it's been very bad for Europe".

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., born in the Dominican Republic, said Trump was "trying to throw gasoline on fire and begin a culture war, and it's unfortunate that he's divisive in the United States and he's divisive in Europe as well".

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 US, where he is seeking to implement more hawkish migration policies.

"I have great love for countries in Europe", he emphasized, "don't forget, essentially I'm a product of the European Union, between Scotland and Germany". Europe is a place I know very well and what has happened has been very tough. So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.

"The UK has a proud history of welcoming people who are fleeing persecution to our country", she said. "I made that loud and clear and that's the way I feel", he added.

Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric and policies have played a huge role in his 2016 election and presidency so far.

One 20-year-old man from Hungary, who said he was in London to support Trump, told HuffPost UK: "I think that he is absolutely correct, because the thing is millions of refugees flooding in to Europe is only going to be bad for European people".

He said he believed a "small minority" of immigrants do not support British values, but that immigration had had "a positive impact on this country overall".

"What we need is a fair Australia-style points-based system which will make immigration fairer and controlled".

Trump has long pointed to Europe's immigration policy as a cautionary tale for the U.S. He has lamented that immigrants have poured into European countries and changed the culture of each nation. "And of course that is what, as a government, we have been doing for a number of years and will continue to do in the future".

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