President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE reportedly referred to immigrants from Haiti and African international locations as coming from “shithole international locations” on Thursday.
Trump made the remark in an Oval Workplace assembly with lawmakers throughout a dialogue of protections for immigrants from a number of international locations, according to The Washington Post.
“Why are we having all these folks from shithole international locations come right here?” Trump mentioned, in response to a number of folks briefed on the assembly.
He reportedly advised the U.S. ought to convey in additional immigrants from international locations equivalent to Norway.
Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.), Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota’s largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-In poor health.), Tom CottonTom CottonGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Grassley offers DACA fix tied to tough enforcement measures Five things senators should ask Tom Cotton if he’s nominated to lead the CIA MORE (R-Ark.) and Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteRosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week Conservative pressure on Sessions grows Clock ticking down on NSA surveillance powers MORE (R-Va.) have been current on the assembly and have been shocked by the feedback, in response to the Submit.
“Sure Washington politicians select to combat for international international locations, however President Trump will all the time combat for the American folks,” White Home spokesman Raj Shah mentioned when requested to touch upon the Submit story, earlier than outlining Trump’s necessities for an immigration deal.
“The president will solely settle for an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration — two applications that harm our economic system and permit terrorists into our nation,” the spokesman mentioned. “Like different nations which have merit-based immigration, President Trump is preventing for everlasting options that make our nation stronger by welcoming those that can contribute to our society, develop our economic system and assimilate into our nice nation. He’ll all the time reject short-term, weak and harmful stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking People and undercut immigrants who search a greater life in the USA by way of a authorized pathway.”
Trump has been quoted criticizing immigrants from these international locations prior to now. The New York Instances reported in December he once suggested Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS,” and Nigerian immigrants would by no means “return to their huts” if granted entrance to the U.S.
The White Home denied these allegations on the time.
Within the assembly, lawmakers reportedly floated reinstating Short-term Protected Standing (TPS) for international locations which were faraway from this system as a part of an immigration deal.
Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced it will finish TPS for greater than 260,000 immigrants from El Salvador.
Trump campaigned on a hardline immigration stance and has tried to implement limits by way of his journey ban, which has been challenged a number of instances in courts.
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