Raptors exec Ujiri critical of Trump over remark

From ESPN - January 12, 2018

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TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, born and raised in Nigeria before emigrating to the United States to become one of the most unique front office success stories in professional sports history, responded strongly to President Donald Trump's reported disparaging remarks toward immigration.

Multiple outlets have cited sources in reporting that Trump referred to Haiti and some African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers this week. In a tweet on Friday morning, Trump denied using the specific term. Later in the day, Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), who was present at the meeting, said the president used the word.

"This summer, I went to Kigali, and Nairobi and Lagos, and I went to Kampala and Abidjan and Dakar and Johannesburg and I saw great cities, and great people," Ujiri told ESPN on Friday. "And I went to visit the refugee camp in Dadaab, and I met good people and good families with plenty of hope. If those places are being referred to ass**tholes, go visit those places, and go meet those people."

"I do not think it's fair, and I do not think it's what inspiring leadership can be. What sense of hope are we giving people if you are calling where they live -- and where they are from -- as**thole?


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