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 PaulsenThe Biden 15 percent global tax puts foreign companies ahead of American workers House panel opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations GOP Rep. Tom Reed accused of sexual misconduct MORE (Minn.) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit 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 RyanRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer Trump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece 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) LoveBlack Republican advocates his case for CBC membership Black women look to build upon gains in coming elections Voters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican 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.