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Turner Says Trump’s Controversial Comments Are ‘Highly Unfortunate And Shameful’

“We should be lifting up and not tearing down,” says the Houston Mayor

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is first from the right in this archive photo, has criticized President Donald Trump’s controversial comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries and has categorized them as “highly unfortunate and shameful.”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner criticized Friday President Donald Trump’s controversial comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries and categorized them as “highly unfortunate and shameful.”

Turner addressed the question at the end of a joint press conference with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Republican-Texas) where they provided information about tax relief options for vicitms of Hrricane Harvey.

Turner talked about his humble origins and commented that “many would say that I come from one of those communities like Haiti and others.”

“We should be lifting up and not tearing down,” Turner added, while stressing he considers that serving as mayor of “the most diverse city in the United States” is a “privilege.”

Other Texas elected officials also criticized President Trump’s comments.

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Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz is originally from Spain. He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all varieties of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast news and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master's degree...

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