Trump Attempts to Clean Up "Shithole"
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 14, 2018,
Jan 14, 2018, 0:03
Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called for "a more detailed explanation regarding the president's comments" after a report that President Trump derided immigrants from "shithole" countries in a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers, while a Haitian Republican congresswoman demanded an apology from the commander in chief.
The second source familiar with the conversation, said Trump, who has vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration, also questioned the need for Haitians in the United States. Trump reportedly said, adding that he'd rather have more people from places like Norway, the prime minister of which Trump talked to earlier Thursday.
A White House official told CNN the president's "sh-hole" remark is being received much differently inside of the White House than it is outside.
The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Mr Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".
In November, Donald Trump's administration said it was ending Temporary Protected Status for people from Haiti.
Lawmakers from both parties joined opinion leaders around the world in condemning remarks made by President Trump during a meeting earlier this week on immigration, in which he referred to "shithole countries" in Africa and questioned why the USA would want to accept immigrants from countries such as Haiti and El Salvador.
Congresswoman Mia Love responds to President Trump's comments on refugees from Haiti.
Politicians at the bipartisan Oval Office pow-wow were left bewildered by the remark, according to the report. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill., had proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent - and prioritizing countries already in the system, the Post reported. "He will always reject temporary, weak and risky 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".
The president reportedly made the shocking statements during a closed-door meeting with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on January 11. If it's wrong, well, it's par for the course regarding how the news media covers this White House.
Trump has signaled he would sign a bill to protect 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children, known as "DREAMers, but only if it included funding for a wall along the U.S".