President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out today in a meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the USA should accept citizens from what he called "shithole" countries. Discussions on which are said to have begun after politicians floated the idea of protecting immigrants from these countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, The Washington Post reported.
Mr Trump said the bipartisan immigration proposal is "a big step backwards" because it does not fund a wall along the Mexican border, and claimed it would force the United States "to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".
In recent weeks, the Trump administration has been trying to limit the number of family members of immigrants who can enter the U.S., and has moved to end the protected status of thousands of immigrants already in the US.
President Trump's also remarks come as congress struggles to work out a bipartisan deal to protect so-called "Dreamers" - immigrants brought to the United States while they were children - who were previously protected under Obama-era legislation. The White House did not deny Thursday that Trump used the vulgarity, first reported by The Washington Post and later confirmed by numerous other news outlets.
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"As I put the finishing touches on the travel ban brief to the Supreme Court tonight, the president's words remind us again of how his un-American racist ideology impacts policy", Katyal said. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., as well as Rep. White House officials did not dispute the account.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who wasn't in the meeting, in a tweet called the president's remarks, "Breathtakingly offensive".
A statement from Raj Shah, a deputy White House press secretary, did not deny that Trump made the comments.
Shah added: "He will always reject temporary, weak and unsafe stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway". "We need it! Get smart!" he wrote.
Farah Larrieux, a Haitian immigrant in Miami who represents a national alliance of people like her who have been granted protections against deportation after natural disasters in their nations, said Trump's "s***hole" comments are simply "beyond politics".
Jimmy Kimmel pounded President Donald Trump this evening at the top of his late night show. Paul Altidor, Haiti's ambassador to the United States, told NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor that he and the Haitian government "vehemently condemn" Trump's comments, noting that they were obviously "based on stereotypes".