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Trump Wishes the Nation a Festive Cinco de Mayo

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Friday, 05 May 2017 09:05 PM

President Donald Trump is sending warm wishes to everyone celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

The holiday commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla that pitted Mexican Indian soldiers against French forces. Trump says that 19th century battle is a reminder of the "incredible courage and resolve" of the Mexican people as they defended their country and freedoms. He says it remains an important symbol of Mexican bravery and tenacity.

Some Mexican Americans and immigrants, though, are feeling uneasy about Trump's immigration policies and rhetoric. He has vowed to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration and launched his presidential campaign by attacking the character of Mexican immigrants.

Trump marked Cinco de Mayo last year by tweeting "I love Hispanics!" with a photo of himself eating a taco bowl.

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President Donald Trump is sending warm wishes to everyone celebrating Cinco de Mayo.The holiday commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla that pitted Mexican Indian soldiers against French forces.
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