Judge to retire after controversy over Trump remarks

SAN ANTONIO (AP) " A federal magistrate judge in San Antonio who told people at a citizenship swearing-in ceremony that they "need to go to another country" if they object to Donald Trump's presidency now plans to retire next year.

The San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/2fDbKW1 ) reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge John Primomo disclosed his plans in a letter Tuesday to Western District federal judges and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Monday, the district judges barred Primomo from presiding over future naturalization ceremonies.

Primomo has said he wasn't trying to tell the new Americans at Thursday's ceremony to leave if they didn't like Trump. He said and his words were meant to be unifying and respectful of the presidency, not political. He added he didn't vote for Trump.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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