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President Trump's "Sh*thole" Remark Threatens National Security, Says Wyden

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Oregon’s U.S. Senator, Ron Wyden, is condemning President Trump’s profane description of several nations.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports (ADVISORY: The offensive word is used in this story.)

At a meeting with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office, Trump grew frustrated with a debate over a bipartisan immigration deal.  The President reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and parts of Africa as “sh*thole countries”.

Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden – who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee – says Trump’s statement can hurt efforts to keep America safe, referring to unrest and terrorist activity that’s been reported in places like Africa.

“When the President comes along and in effect, condemns an entire continent, that certainly takes a real toll on our country’s ability to build alliances and coalitions where we can benefit from a national security standpoint.”

Credit President Donald Trump's Twitter account / Twitter.com

Wyden says such remarks from the president aren’t what makes America Great. He says instead, it’s values and high standards.

Via Twitter, Trump now disputes using the vulgar term.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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