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26 Jan 2018

Pence defends Trump on disparaging comments about Africa

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January 26, 2018 Category: Diaspora Posted by:

ABOVE CARTOON:  Dave Granlund  (Politicalcartoons.com)

JERUSALEM — Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump on the president’s disparaging comments about immigrants from Africa and Haiti.

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Pence tells The Associated Press in an interview in Jerusalem that he “knows the president’s heart.”

He says Trump is determined to implement a merit-based system that encourages immigration by those who will “contribute to a growing American economy and thriving communities” and one that does not take into account the immigrants’ “race or creed.”

Pence made the comments during an interview Monday while on a four-day tour of the Middle East.

He was responding to reports that Trump last week in a private meeting made vulgar and disparaging remarks about immigration from countries in Africa and Haiti and said the U.S. should welcome more immigration from countries like Norway.

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