Dem lawmaker on Trump 's---hole' comment: GOP needs to call this racist
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Rep. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzDrama surrounding Shulkin — what is the future of VA health care? Overnight Defense: VA chief won't resign | Dem wants probe into VA hacking claim | Trump official denies plan for 'bloody nose' N. Korea strike | General '100 percent' confident in US missile defense Top Dem asks Justice to review VA secretary's claim that aide's email was hacked MORE (D-Minn.) demanded Thursday that the GOP denounce President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE's reported comments calling African nations and Haiti "shithole countries." 

"This is racism, plain and simple, and we need to call it that," Walz tweeted.

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Trump allegedly made the remark during an Oval Office meeting with lawmaker on immigration policy.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump asked, saying the U.S. should bring in more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister visited the White House on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post

Trump previously drew heat for reportedly saying immigrants from Haiti "all have AIDS" and Nigerian immigrants would never "go back to their huts" if they were allowed to enter the U.S. The White House has denied those comments. 

The White House did not deny Trump's Thursday remarks, however, instead issuing a statement saying Trump will continue to protect hardworking U.S. citizens and those seeking entrance into the country by legal means.