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A week ago, the U.S. State Department announced it was removing all references to America as a place to travel because of a rash of anti-immigrant sentiment.
Now, the department is backtracking, announcing it will continue to refer to the country as a destination, but in a new way.
On Monday, the State Department said it would no longer refer to “America” as a country, but instead refer to it as “the land of opportunity.”
The new wording, in its place, will read: “America is a land of opportunities.”
“This will help ensure that Americans know the U to mean the United States of America, not just the United State,” said an official.
The change, first reported by the Associated Press, was a surprise and a huge departure from the way that the United Kingdom used to refer.
When it was announced in January, the United Nations General Assembly condemned “unilateral measures, such as this one, which undermine the rights and freedoms of individuals.”
On Saturday, the British Foreign Office told the BBC that the decision was “very much in line with what we had always said.”
The new designation “will be used to describe our policy toward countries like China, Russia, and others that engage in human rights abuses and other violations of human rights,” the official said.
“The U.K. is a country that has a long history of tolerance and is a place where many of our citizens, especially people of faith, come together to celebrate the holiday season,” the Foreign Office added.
“This is a great day for Britain.”
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