Friday 20 April 2018

President admits concern over border closures and climate change denial

President Michael D Higgins Photo: PA News
President Michael D Higgins Photo: PA News

Ryan Nugent

President Michael D Higgins has said border closures and “rhetoric” on issues such as climate change is concerning but would not be drawn to comment directly on Donald Trump.

US President Trump has made attempts to close US borders to migrants from a number of countries in recent weeks, while his views on climate change have also raised serious concern.

Speaking to journalists in Lima last night after he received Peru’s highest honour - the Gran Collar - President Higgins referred to the recent flooding in Peru and recent climate change meetings he has attended where "no one contests the science that we have real problems".

The President also reiterated that the United States is a country “built on migrants” in reference to the recent border closures by Donald Trump.

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“It’s entirely up to the people of the United States to elect their President and their President to have views, but equally it is only responsible for others to take account of what is being said. For example there are contrasts between some of the recent rhetoric and what we know,” President Higgins said.

“Remember, you are interviewing me in a country that has a problem with floods, no one denies that. So therefore you must naturally be concerned if someone suggests that the science is now contestable.

“Equally you must be concerned if someone suggests that migration in itself is something that must be resisted by closing borders,” he added.

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