'Adiós': Julián Castro Wants To Send Donald and Melania Trump Back to Mar-a-Lago

During a presidential candidate forum Friday, Democratic 2020 hopeful Julián Castro shared that if elected, he would look forward to giving President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a sendoff from the White House to Mar-a-Lago or somewhere else, and saying, "Adiós."

Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration, shared his plan at the NALEO Presidential Candidate Forum Hosted at Telemundo Center in Miami, which offers an opportunity for candidates to engage with Latino leaders on issues important to the community.

The former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, captured the audience with his answer when Telemundo correspondent Vanessa Hauc asked him to give his closing remarks.

"Well, you know, the other day somebody asked me, 'What's the first thing that you would do if you're elected president of the United States?'" Castro said.

Castro said he replied that he would first sign an executive order recommitting the U.S. to the Paris climate accord in order to again lead on environmental sustainability.

"But I also told him that I actually looked forward to a moment that would come a little bit earlier in the day when it's traditional for the incoming president to usher out the outgoing president," Castro continued, drawing laughter and applause from audience members.

"And, you know, I can just imagine—being there with my wife, Erica, and our daughter, Carina, and our son, Cristián—on the White House lawn, getting ready to say goodbye to Donald Trump and Melania Trump," Castro said. "And they'll be getting ready to go off to New York or Mar-a-Lago..."

"Or Russia," an audience member said aloud, criticizing President Trump for his seemingly close relationship to the country that interfered with the U.S.'s 2016 presidential election.

Castro continued, "Or somewhere," setting off more laughter.

"The helicopter will be off in the distance ready to take 'em away on the White House lawn. And right before he leaves, right before he walks off, I'm gonna tell him, 'Adiós,'" Castro concluded, using the Spanish word for "goodbye."

If elected, Castro would become the first Latino American president of the U.S.

"Like many of you, I know the promise of this nation. My grandmother came to the US as a seven year old orphan. She never would have guessed one of her grandsons would be a US Congressman," he tweeted Friday morning, referring to his twin brother Joaquin Castro. "And the other would be a candidate for president of the United States."

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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. HUD Secretary Julián Castro speaks at the Democratic presidential candidates NALEO Candidate Forum on June 21, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Joe Skipper/Getty
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