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Feinstein: Trump trying to promote a 'homogenous, white society'

Feinstein: Trump trying to promote a 'homogenous, white society'
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLawmakers feel pressure on guns Feinstein: Trump must urge GOP to pass bump stock ban Florida lawmakers reject motion to consider bill that would ban assault rifles MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday accused 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 of "promoting a homogenous, white society" that would set the country back "generations" after he reportedly disparaged immigration from "shithole countries."

“The president’s expressed desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway must be called out for what it is: an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogenous, white society," Feinstein said in a statement.

Feinstein was only one among a growing number of lawmakers to accuse the president of racist behavior after his comments were reported on Thursday.

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During a meeting with lawmakers at the White House, Trump reportedly decried immigration from "shithole countries" like Haiti and El Salvador and asked why the country can't take more immigrants from countries like Norway.

Trump denied on Friday that he used such language. Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinAmerica’s waning commitment to the promise of the First Amendment Senate rejects Trump immigration plan What to watch for in the Senate immigration votes MORE (D-Ill.), who was in the room for the meeting, said Trump had in fact used the language.

Feinstein said that Trump's comments made it more difficult for Americans abroad — "soldiers, diplomats and businesses" — to do their jobs.

“We all need to stop pretending that there are no consequences when the most powerful person in the world espouses racist views and gives a wink and a nod to the darkest elements in our society," Feinstein said.

“If the president can’t control himself and lead this country with the authority, dignity and leadership it requires, then he shouldn’t be the president," she added. "There’s no room for racism in the Oval Office."

Trump attacked Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, earlier this week after she released the transcript of a committee interview with the co-founder of the research firm behind a controversial dossier containing allegations of ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump called the senator's actions "disgraceful," dubbing her "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein."