Trump uses crude term in dis­cus­sion of mi­grants

The Arizona Republic - - Front Page -

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.

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