Donald Trump Muslim Ban: World leaders react
Los Angeles : Protests and outrage marked after U.S. President Donald Trump initiated ban on refugees from 7 Muslim countries entering the United States. Leaders of the world in a mark of protest displayed their anger and presented a unified front against populism.
Let us take a look at how the prominent leaders of the world reacted against Trump’s Muslim population ban in US.
FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE
He said, "Europe is facing a moment of truth. The issue is populism. What we are hearing from the U.S. encourages populism and even extremism. They are saying that Europe should not take immigrants, shouldn't stay together, not believe in climate change. We should engage in discussions (with the U.S.) that sometimes should be very firm. And as long as there are statements from the U.S. president about Europe, when he speaks about the model of Brexit for other countries, when the U.S. president talks about climate change ... saying he's not convinced of it, we should respond to him. When he takes protectionist measures, we should respond to him. When he destabilizes the economies of other countries, not only European ones, we should respond to him. When he rejects the arrival of refugees, while Europe has done its duty, we should respond to him."
TURKISH PRIME MINISTER BINALI YILDIRIM
He said, "You cannot settle this (refugee) issue by building walls. Nobody leaves their homes for nothing. They came here to save their lives and our doors were open. And if the same thing happened again, we would do it again."
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER MALALA YOUSAFZAI
She noted, “The President should not turn his back on the world's most defenseless children and families. Refugees and immigrants, have helped build your country."
IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI
He said, "Trump has forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed years ago."
GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER SIGMAR GABRIEL
"'Love thy neighbor' is part of this (American Christian) tradition, the act of helping others."
FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER JEAN-MARC AYRAULT
"We have signed international obligations, so welcoming refugees fleeing war and oppression forms part of our duties."
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY
" The United States is responsible for the United States' policy on refugees."
ISRAEL PRESIDENT BENJAMIN NETANYAHU
"President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea."