It is alleged that the lawmakers traveled to the Oval Office to discuss protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal. According to several people in the meeting, Trump responded by asking: “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?”
According to those present, as reported by The Washington Post, Trump continued to ask why America couldn’t source more immigrants from countries such as Norway. He also expressed a desire to host more immigrants from Asian countries, because he felt they benefitted America economically.
It is stated that Trump requested that Haitians be removed from any deal. “Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. “Take them out.”
A White House spokesperson defended Trump’s position on immigration without directly referencing to controversial remarks. Tellingly, they did not dispute the account.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” spokesperson Raj Shah declared shortly after The Washington Post released the scandalous story.
Donald Trump has also failed to confirm that the story is false.
In tweets released earlier today, he referred to the meeting as “tough” but did not categorically deny having called any countries “shitholes” or using any other derogatory language. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” he tweeted.