24 April 2016
US State of Maine Governor Paul LePage has drawn fire for controversial remarks he made about migrant workers during a keynote address at the Maine GOP convention on Saturday.
The avid Trump supporter said that Indian workers. are the “worst” and the “hardest” to understand. However, he quickly described that Indians are "lovely people but you've got to have an interpreter", he said.
LePage's remarks came a day after Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump mocked Indian call centres but described India as a "great place".
The governor made the controversial remarks about foreign workers when discussing a referendum on Maine's minimum wage. LePage, who had campaigned to limit the minimum wage to $10 an hour, criticized proposals to raise Maine's minimum wage to $12.
The outspoken governor also made a dig at President Obama, suggesting his last name was actually an abbreviation for"one big-ass mistake, America".Le Page is one of only two confirmed Trump supporters among Maine’s 23 delegates should the national convention vote require a second ballot. This looks likely, given Trump, though out in front, is still well short of the required nomination target.