Dem senator: Trump 'made clear' that he wants 'white people to come to our country'

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoRand Paul blocks Senate resolution backing protection for whistleblowers Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics MORE (D-Hawaii) said early Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE “made clear … that he wants, basically, white people to come to our country.”

Hirono said on CNN’s "New Day" that Trump’s reported comments on “shithole countries” during a White House meeting with lawmakers show that he wants “white people" to come to the U.S.


“So that is your interpretation?” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Hirono.

“It’s hard not to have that interpretation. That’s not just my interpretation,” the senator replied.

Hirono said that she is “very saddened” that GOP Sens. David Perdue (Ga.) and Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonProgressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising Cotton: Trump could have US forces impose 'world of hurt' on Mexican cartels TikTok faces lawmaker anger over China ties MORE (Ark.) are now saying that Trump didn’t make the reference to “shithole countries” after initially saying they didn’t recall the comments.

“They’re enabling the president to go on with his denials, and that doesn’t serve our country at all,” she said.

The senator added that she is planning to ask Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Senators urge Trump to fill vacancies at DHS Trump taps Chad Wolf as new acting DHS secretary MORE about Trump’s immigration policies during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump is facing widespread criticism for reportedly describing Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting last week, saying that the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from Norway.

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate fight derails bipartisan drug pricing bills Senators push for deal on impeachment trial rules to avoid political brawl Democrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid MORE (D-Ill.) confirmed the remarks to reporters last week.

Trump has denied claims of racism over the comments, telling reporters on Sunday that he's "the least racist person you will ever interview."