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Immigration has 'changed the fabric' of Europe

13 July 2018

At a joint press conference at the Prime Minister's Chequers residence in Buckinghamshire on Friday, the President was pressed by reporters on comments he made about migrants contributing to an erosion of British and European identity.

Quick to link immigration to recent terror attacks, Trump said: "I think it has been very bad for Europe".

She touted the UK's "proud history of welcoming people who want to come to our country to contribute to our economy and our society".

The two leaders were asked about Trump's interview with The Sun newspaper in which he argued that Europe is "losing its culture" because of immigration.

"I think its very negative", President Trump said, noting that Germany has been particularly affected negatively by immigration after German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted more than one million Middle Eastern and African migrants into her country during the 2015 migrant crisis. You see the same terror attacks that I do.

The hit on Germany, which has taken in thousands of immigrants from war-torn Syria, followed another attack he launched from Brussels, where he bashed Germany for failing to spend more on its military to meet North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitments and slammed an $11 billion pipeline deal with Moscow. "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". Look at what is going on in London.

"The statement by Donald Trump condemning the mayor and then going on with a general condemnation of Muslim migration into the United States is not helpful, in fact is very risky to community relations, and I think the statement that Sadiq has made in response is very good".

"I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the frightful things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in", he went on.

Trump went on to rail against US immigration laws, claiming that the country "virtually" doesn't have immigration laws.

"I don't think you can deny that, but I think when immigration is mass and uncontrolled we will have a problem", he added.

In a separate interview with BBC radio on Friday, Khan called Trump's claims "preposterous". During the 2016 presidential campaign, he drew global condemnation for a call to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S. Since entering the White House, he has enacted travel restrictions for citizens from some Muslim-majority countries, curtailed refugee admissions to the U.S. and called for "extreme vetting" of those entering the U.S. Trump was reported to have said during an Oval Office meeting with members of Congress.

May's words on immigration were more conciliatory.

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. "Are you really okay with this open white supremacy, @GOP?" Rep.

Trump's comments while overseas highlight his hardline immigration rhetoric that he often uses on the campaign trail, often linking it to increased crime, citing the gang MS-13.

Trump also repeated criticism of US immigration laws, which he unsuccessfully lobbied the Republican-controlled Congress to change.

Trump also brought a similar immigration message to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

"I will say that immigration is a very important thing, and I told them today, the EU - the European Union - better be very careful, because immigration is taking over Europe, and they better be very, very careful. I made that loud and clear and that's the way I feel", he added.

Immigration has 'changed the fabric' of Europe