Trump uses crude term in discussion of migrants
In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the Oval Office conversation.
The contemptuous description startled lawmakers in the meeting and revived charges that Trump is racist. The White House did not deny his remark but said Trump supports immigration policies welcoming “those who can contribute to our society.”
During immigration talks in the Oval Office, President Trump used a crude description of Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, The Washington Post reported Thursday. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly told lawmakers. He allegedly suggested that the United States try to increase immigration from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with this week.
The Post’s report was based on two anonymous sources briefed on the meeting. The meeting was attended by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., as well as Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.