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Obama calls troop deployment a ‘political stunt’ at Florida rally

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Former President Barack Obama campaigns for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillium, candidate for Florida governor, and Sen. Bill Nelson at the Ice Palace Films Studio in Miami on Friday

Former President Barack Obama called the Trump administration’s rhetoric about immigration a “political stunt” Friday while stumping for Democratic candidates in Florida.

The 44th president of the United States spoke at a rally for gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Sen. Bill Nelson, who is seeking re-election, at Miami’s Ice Palace Film Studio.

Obama criticized President Donald Trump‘s decision to deploy 5,200 troopsto the Southwest border in advance of a group of thousands of Central American migrants walking north through Mexico. On Thursday, Trump announced plans to limit who can seek asylum at the border.

“Now they’re telling you in 2018 that the existential threat to America is a bunch of poor refugees 1,000 miles away. They’re even taking our great troops away from their families for a political stunt,” Obama said.

Obama criticized President Donald Trump‘s decision to deploy 5,200 troopsto the Southwest border in advance of a group of thousands of Central American migrants walking north through Mexico. On Thursday, Trump announced plans to limit who can seek asylum at the border.

“Now they’re telling you in 2018 that the existential threat to America is a bunch of poor refugees 1,000 miles away. They’re even taking our great troops away from their families for a political stunt,” Obama said.

UPI

2/11/2018

 

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