Lebanon Angered by Trump Call for Keeping Refugees Close to Home


President Donald Trump's suggestion that refugees be resettled closer to home instead of brought to the United States has angered many in Lebanon, a tiny country hosting more than 1.5 million refugees.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri said "everyone knows Lebanon rejects resettling Palestinians or any other nationalities."

The country of just 4 million is officially hosting more than 1 million Syrian refugees and some 500,000 Palestinians. The real numbers are likely higher as many don't register with the U.N.

Lawmakers on Wednesday demanded a formal response to Trump.

Speaker Nabih Berri said it was no "joking matter," and invoked Lebanon's constitution, which he said rejects resettlement.

Trump told the U.N. Tuesday that for the cost of resettling one refugee in the U.S., Washington could assist 10 closer to home.

Comments 3
Thumb justin 21 September 2017, 10:28

Trump's words were misinterpreted intentionally by those seeking a headline.

Thumb s.o.s 21 September 2017, 13:59

of course. you can tell there are elections soon, they're being more manipulative than the usual.

Thumb whyaskwhy 22 September 2017, 07:34

Media is the same wherever you go...