Donald Trump said at a Hispanic Heritage Month event that Latino leaders in the U.S. are sometimes “too tough,” honoring the Hispanic community for its contributions to the nation.
“You teach our children. You lead our churches. You protect our communities and you defend our nation. Among you are leaders in government, faith, and business. Fantastic people in this audience,” Trump said at the White House Friday.
“I know some of them, and believe me, they’re very tough and they’re very smart. Sometimes they’re too tough. But that’s okay. I have to deal with it. I have to deal with it. Fantastic people.”
Trump’s remarks at Friday’s Hispanic Heritage Month event contrasted with what has at times been a rocky relationship between Trump and the Latino community.
As a presidential candidate, Trump controversially suggested that a federal judge born of Hispanic descent could not fairly oversee a lawsuit against him, a remark that earned him the rebuke of prominent members of his own party.
Trump also marked Cinco de Mayo in 2016 by posting a photo of himself eating a taco bowl in his Trump Tower office and once derided a Miss Universe winner from Venezuela by calling her “Miss Housekeeping.”
Trump on Hispanic Americans: "They’re very tough and they're very smart. Sometimes they’re too tough… I have to deal with it." pic.twitter.com/fnGrVgOGdu
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 6, 2017