Trump Reportedly Stunned Lawmakers With Blunt Response on Immigrants From 'S**thole Countries'

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"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the president reportedly asked, referencing immigrants from countries like El Salvador and Haiti, where violence and a shortage of opportunities often spur migration north.

The Washington Post first reported the president's comments, based on information from people briefed on the meeting.

"What do we want Haitians here for?" the president asked, according to the people briefed. "This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation".

Love, a Utah Republican, demanded an apology from the President.

Deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte of the African National Congress tells reporters that developing countries do have difficulties but that the United States itself has millions of people out of work or without health care. Never said "take them out". Not to mention, numerous most conservative members may never get comfortable with any bill that gives hundreds of thousands of immigrants - even if they entered the country as children - a path to legalization or citizenship, something some members perceive as amnesty. "That's the American Dream".

He has claimed without evidence that Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, was not born in the United States; said Mexican immigrants were "bringing crime" and were "rapists"; and claimed there were "very fine people on both sides" after violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left a counter-protester dead.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said the president's comment "smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy".

"The American family was born from immigrants fleeing persecution and poverty and searching for a better future", the SC senator said in a statement. This country's greatness and true genius lies in its diversity. "To deny these facts would be to ignore the brightest part of our history".

Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, said in a statement.

Republican political pundits also jumped on the comments, with some defending Trump.

"While it might be uncomfortable for some people in the media to recognize, I think there's a large segment of voters who it resonates with as anti-pc 'straight talk, '" the former official said. "It starts with respectful rhetoric and signing bipartisan DACA legislation".

"The sentiment the President expressed today is a racist sentiment". His hateful rhetoric has no place in the @WhiteHouse.

Another Republican Representative, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and whose south Florida district includes many Haitian immigrants, said: "Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House". "Listen, I'm sure the fact that the counties he described as "shitholes" are mostly populated by people of color and the immigrants he wants from Norway are not is a coincidence", the host said. Trump insulted the countries while pushing for more natives from Norway to come to the US.

The African Union (AU), a group representing all 55 countries on the continent, said it was "frankly alarmed" by the US President's comments.

"Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy, and assimilate into our great nation", Mr. Shah said.

As a result of the disaster, citizens of Haiti were accorded TPS, granted to individuals from countries where conditions such as war, natural disasters or political strife prevent citizens from returning safely. "He's showing his bigoted tendencies in ways that would make Archie Bunker blush".

The White House has fired back defending his comments.

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