GOP rep: White House should apologize for Trump's 'degrading' comments

GOP rep: White House should apologize for Trump's 'degrading' comments
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Republican Rep. Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenElection Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket Allow HSA dollars to be used for over-the-counter drugs MORE (Minn.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE on Thursday for his reported remark referring to Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as "shithole countries," calling Trump's words "completely inappropriate."

Paulsen called on the White House to issue an apology in a series of tweets, and rebuked Trump for making "denigrating statement" about other countries.

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"It is completely inappropriate for the President to refer to other countries in the manner in which he reportedly did, especially given the circumstances and disasters that led many TPS immigrants to seek refuge and shelter in the US," Paulsen tweeted, referring to immigrants with Temporary Protected Status.

"I hope the White House apologizes for these degrading comments and focuses on working towards a solution for those from TPS countries rather than making denigrating statements," he added.

Paulsen, whose seat is being targeted by Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections, was appointed earlier in the day by Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP super PAC hits Dem House hopeful as 'Pelosi liberal' in new Kansas ad Trump revokes Brennan's security clearance The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Wis.) as the chair of the of the Joint Economic Committee.

The Minnesota Republican joined a chorus of lawmakers from both parties in criticizing Trump over the remarks, which were reported to have occurred during a Thursday meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office on immigration.

Fellow GOP Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveUtah newspapers slam GOP’s Mia Love for 'deliberately deceptive' mailers 10 dark horse candidates for Speaker of the House Overnight Energy: Proposed rule would roll back endangered species protections | House passes Interior, EPA spending | House votes to disavow carbon tax MORE (Utah), who is Haitian-American, called Trump's remarks "unkind, divisive" and "elitist" in her own statement.

"My parents came from one of those countries, took an oath of allegiance to it, and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with," Love said.

The White House issued a statement on Thursday in response to a Washington Post story that first reported the comments, but did not deny Trump's use of the term.

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said.