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Mexico slams Trump for "drugs," "rapists" comments

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 01:14

Mexico's foreign minister criticizes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his comments about Mexican immigrants. Diane Hodges reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best." That's what Donald Trump told an audience when he launched his campaign for the Republican nomination for U.S. President. And he didn't stop there.... (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "They're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists." Those comments brought swift reaction from Mexico's Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Mead. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JOSE ANTONIO MEAD, SAYING: "He's (Trump) is a politician who doesn't know reality, who doesn't know the (presidential) contest he is participating in." And he didn't stop either. SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JOSE ANTONIO MEAD, SAYING: "We hope that this electoral process in the United States brings forth a candidate that is aware of the statistics on the value of migrants and not a candidate that reflects ignorance and prejudice." Other Mexican officials had even stronger words for Trump, calling his comments "prejudiced and absurd." They said he was clearly unaware of the contributions Mexican immigrants make to the U.S. The outspoken Trump is widely seen as having little chance of winning the nomination as he joins an unusually large group of Republicans vying for the presidency.

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Mexico slams Trump for "drugs," "rapists" comments

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 01:14