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How Major Christian Leaders Are Responding to Trump's Controversial Remarks

President Trump in an interview.
President Trump in an interview. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

President Donald Trump allegedly said immigrants are coming to the United States from countries he described with an expletive.

According to The Washington Post, the incident occurred this way:

President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting.

"Why are we having all these people from [expletive] countries come here?" Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.

Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt that they help the United States economically.

Trump denies the remarks.

Here's how Christian leaders are responding: 

 

Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Council:

Every single person is created in the image of God. Without exception. Therefore, as it pertains to immigration, we must provide a legal avenue, with rigorous vetting, that enables individuals from both Norway and Nigeria, from Holland and Haiti, to come to our nation if they embrace our values, commit to self-reliance and to enriching our collective American experience. In addition, and with great due deference, I believe that the comments attributed to our president can best be described as wrong, inappropriate and hurtful. Why? Because when God looks at these nations, He sees His children.


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