London: Angelina Jolie Pitt on Monday lashed out at Donald Trump for his controversial remarks against Muslims.
A Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina urged the international community to respond to Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II with generosity and not the “politics of fear.”
When someone asked her what she thought of Trump’s stance on Muslims, she closed her eyes and shook her head in disapproval.
“To me, America is built on people from around the world coming together for freedoms, especially freedom of religion,” she said, according to CNN. “So it’s hard to hear this is coming from someone who is pressing to be an American president.”
The Oscar-winning Hollywood actress in a speech in London said there was a “duty that falls on all of us” to help those fleeing their homes, warning the alternative was “chaos.”
Conflicts, including the five-year war in Syria, have fueled a global refugee crisis, with 60 million refugees and displaced people across the world. Jolie Pitt, a UN special envoy for refugees, said she recognized that some people felt “angry” about the numbers of people on the move, and no longer had faith that institutions could deal with the issue.
“It has given space to a false air of legitimacy to those who promote the politics of fear and separation,” she said.
“It has created the risk of a race to the bottom, with countries competing to be the toughest in the hope of protecting themselves whatever the cost or challenge to their neighbors, and despite their international responsibilities.”
December last year, Trump call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Angelina Jolie is the latest Hollywood star to blast at Trump’s stance on Muslims after George Clooney, Johnny Depp.