Thais are not averse to criticizing Trump, but this time around, they are taking it in a slightly different direction.
A Thai writing team is working on an op–ed piece in the Wall Street Journal criticizing the travel ban Trump signed Friday.
The piece was written by a team of five Thai citizens who are currently working in New York.
“We feel that the United States has become an imperialist power and we feel that America has become a racist power,” one of the team members, Prataporn Charnbodkul, said in an interview with Recode.
For many in Thailand, it is hard to believe that they have to work on something that is being considered by the world’s most powerful nation.
This is not the first time that Thai writers have spoken out against the travel restriction Trump has imposed.
Last year, they wrote an op‐ed piece on the travel restrictions that was later picked up by other news outlets, including The Wall Street Post and The New York Times.
As the Thai writers continue to express their opinion on the Trump travel ban, the president has said he will stay in place.
He did not address the criticisms from the team of Thai citizens during a Monday press conference.
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he was “looking forward to meeting the Thai people.”