U.S. President Donald Trump uses European countries as an example of the negative consequences of unchecked immigration, recounting a story of a friend who says ''Paris is no longer Paris''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday (February 24) entreated conservative supporters to look toward European countries and cities as a negative example of the effects of immigration, recounting a story of a friend who no longer goes to Paris. Trump made the comments to a receptive crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. "Take a look at what happened in Sweden. I love Sweden - great country great people. I love Sweden but they understand I'm right. The people over there understand I'm right. Take a look at what's happening in Sweden. Take a look at what's happening in Germany. Take a look at what's happened in France," Trump said. "I have a friend, he's a very, very substantial guy, he loves the city of lights. He loves Paris. For years, every year during the summer he would go to Paris. It was automatic. With his wife and his family. Hadn't seen him in a while. And I said, 'Jim, let me ask you a question, how's Paris doing?' 'Paris? I don't go there anymore. Paris is no longer Paris'. That was four years, four, five years, hasn't gone there. He wouldn't miss it for anything. Now he doesn't even think in terms of going there. Take a look at what's happening to our world folks. And we have to be smart. We have to be smart. We can't let it happen to us," Trump added. After Trump's comments, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault tweeted "3.5 million American tourists visited france in 2016, they are always welcome." Trump addressed the third day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, which has focused on how to fulfill long-held Republican goals to revamp the U.S. tax code, repeal federal regulations on industry and repeal former Democratic President Barack Obama's healthcare law.