• FILE - In this July 19, 2016, file photo, Donald Trump Jr., son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The younger Trump posted a message on Twitter likening Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles, causing a stir and negative tweets on the internet into Tuesday, Sept. 20. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    FILE - In this July 19, 2016, file photo, Donald Trump Jr., son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The younger Trump posted a message on Twitter likening Syrian refugees to a ... bowl of poisoned Skittles, causing a stir and negative tweets on the internet into Tuesday, Sept. 20. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (The Associated Press)

  • This screenshot shows the tweet posted on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, by Donald Trump Jr., in which he compares Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles. The post caused a stir and negative tweets on the internet into Tuesday, including a terse response from Skittles parent company, Wrigley Americas. "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy," Vice President of Corporate Affairs Denise Young said in the statement. (Twitter via AP)

    This screenshot shows the tweet posted on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, by Donald Trump Jr., in which he compares Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles. The post caused a stir and negative tweets on the internet into Tuesday, including a terse ... response from Skittles parent company, Wrigley Americas. "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy," Vice President of Corporate Affairs Denise Young said in the statement. (Twitter via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • This screenshot shows the tweet posted on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, by Donald Trump Jr., in which he compares Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles. The post caused a stir and negative tweets on the internet into Tuesday, including a terse response from Skittles parent company, Wrigley Americas. "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy," Vice President of Corporate Affairs Denise Young said in the statement. (Twitter via AP)

    This screenshot shows the tweet posted on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, by Donald Trump Jr., in which he compares Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles. The post caused a stir and negative tweets on the internet into Tuesday, including a terse ... response from Skittles parent company, Wrigley Americas. "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy," Vice President of Corporate Affairs Denise Young said in the statement. (Twitter via AP) (The Associated Press)

Donald Trump Jr. likens Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles

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Donald Trump Jr. has posted a message on Twitter likening Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles.

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Seeking to promote his father's presidential campaign, the younger Trump posted a tweet featuring a bowl of the candy Skittles with a warning.

"If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?" said the tweet on the verified @DonaldTrumpJr handle.

"That's our Syrian refugee problem," said the post, which caused a stir and negative tweets on the internet into Tuesday.

Young Trump's tweet said, "This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first."

His father has advocated sharply restraining immigration and has accused opponent Hillary Clinton of advocating acceptance of tens of thousands of refugees.

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The tweet came as world leaders meeting at the United Nations on Monday approved a declaration aimed at providing a more coordinated and humane response to the global refugee crisis, among which Syrians are a major grouping.