During an address to Latino leaders for Hispanic Heritage Month, President Donald Trump appeared to put on an exaggerated Spanish accent when discussing the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
“We are also praying for the people of Puerto Rico,” Trump said, putting on an accent to laughs from the crowd. “We love Puerto Rico.”
After repeating the island’s name one more time in the exaggerated accent, he then said “we also love Puerto Rico” in his own accent.
Trump uses a Spanish accent to say “Puerto Rico” twice during a Hispanic Heritage Month event pic.twitter.com/v5qFTiqSjM
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Later in the speech, Politico reported, Trump attempted to compliment Latinos by discussing how “tough” they are.
“I know some of them, and believe me, they’re very tough and they’re very smart,” Trump told the assembled Hispanic leaders. “Sometimes they’re too tough. But that’s OK. I have to deal with it. I have to deal with it. Fantastic people.”