Trump reportedly told the lawmakers that immigrants from Haiti should be left out of any bipartisan immigration deal.
The Post also reported Thursday that in the same meeting, Trump referred to immigrants from Haiti and African nations as coming from “shithole countries.”
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said.
Trump then reportedly said the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries such as Norway.
Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race After 35 years, Congress should finally end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine McCain blasts Graham for refuting funeral remark about Kushner, Ivanka Trump MORE (R-S.C.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinPatience wears thin as Democrats miss deadlines 535 'presidents' with veto power: Why budget deal remains elusive After 35 years, Congress should finally end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine MORE (D-Ill.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonCotton tells Garland: 'Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court' It's time for Fauci to go — but don't expect it to happen Is the Navy totally at sea? MORE (R-Ark.) and Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteFight breaks out between Jordan, Nadler over rules about showing video at Garland hearing The job of shielding journalists is not finished Bottom line MORE (R-Va.) were present at the meeting and were surprised by the comments, according to the Post.
In a statement, the White House did not deny Trump’s “shithole” comments.
“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.
“The president will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration — two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country,” he continued. “Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, 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.”
Trump’s remarks sparked outrage from both sides of the aisle, with Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchLobbying world Congress, stop holding 'Dreamers' hostage Drug prices are declining amid inflation fears MORE (R-Utah) calling on Trump to give a “detailed explanation” for his remarks and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) calling Trump’s comment “racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy.”