During a reception celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, Vice President Pence said President Trump has made “the Latino community a priority” and always will, while also highlighting the “many contributions to the life of this nation” made by Hispanic Americans.
Pence stated, “From the arts to the armed forces, from the sciences to sports, Mexican Americans have made a lasting impact on our nation, and on our history books, and filled those history books with names of trailblazers.”
“We are, as the saying goes, with a few exceptions, a nation of immigrants, and that’s as true today as it was at the hour of America’s birth.”
The event took place near the White House at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Guests included members of the Hispanic community, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, and Mexican Ambassador Gerónimo Gutierrez.
The reception celebrated Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Pence called the day “a day defined by courage and sacrifice in the defense of freedom.”
Although President Trump’s relationship with Mexico has been turbulent, during his comments, Pence stated, “The president has made the Latino community a priority and we always will.” He also emphasized working with groups such as the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Latino Coalition.
Pence continued, “I really think today – the president and I both do – of all Hispanic Americans and Mexican Americans who, every day for generations, have contributed to this nation, who have raised families, who have built communities, started businesses, [and] added their voices and talents to making America great.
“Economically, culturally, in our churches, our towns and cities across this country, the truth is that Mexican Americans and Hispanic Americans, as a whole, make a difference in America every single day. And that really is what we celebrate in Cinco de Mayo.”
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