The president decried immigration from certain countries in an oval office meeting today on immigration, when someone suggested restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan deal on comprehensive immigration reform.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” the president reportedly asked. He then suggested having more people emigrate to the US from countries like Norway. The president had just met with the prime minister of Norway on Wednesday.
The question reportedly left lawmakers taken aback. The U.S. ended a protected status program for immigrants from El Salvador earlier this week. That decision came just weeks after the same program ended for Haitians.
The White House seemed to confirm the president’s characterization with a comment they released after the story broke that didn’t directly contradict the president’s characterization. “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people…President trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation. He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous 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 statement read.