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Trump to lawmakers: 'Why do we need more Haitians?': report

Trump to lawmakers: 'Why do we need more Haitians?': report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE reportedly attacked Haitian immigrants in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, saying lawmakers should “take them out” of any immigration deal. 
 
“Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump said, according to The Washington Post. “Take them out.” 

Trump reportedly told the lawmakers that immigrants from Haiti should be left out of any bipartisan immigration deal.

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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 GrahamCongress raises pressure on Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia's myopia is the cause of the Khashoggi blunder Graham on Saudi Arabia: 'I feel completely betrayed' MORE (R-S.C.), Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinFarm bill negotiators should take advantage of the moment The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says he is cutting foreign aid over caravan | Lawmakers point fingers at Saudi crown prince | DNC chair downplays 'blue wave' talk The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Early ballots pouring in with 15 days to the midterms MORE (D-Ill.), Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonFlake: Congress should not continue Kavanaugh investigations GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter Susan Collins becomes top 2020 target for Dems MORE (R-Ark.) and Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteConservatives fume over format of upcoming Rosenstein interview Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth following House GOP subpoena 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 HatchGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Congress should work with Trump and not 'cowboy' on Saudi Arabia, says GOP senator US to open trade talks with Japan, EU, UK 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.”