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

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoOvernight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare Lawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator Democratic senator on possibility of Trump standing up to the NRA: 'That's just such BS' MORE (D-Hawaii) said early Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy 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.

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“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 Cotton2020 Democrats raise alarm about China's intellectual property theft Bolton returns to political group after exiting administration Meadows, Cotton introduce bill to prevent district judges from blocking federal policy changes 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 NielsenFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network DOJ to Supreme Court: Trump decision to end DACA was lawful Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign 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 DurbinTrump defends push to ban flavored e-cigarettes: Let's 'keep young children from Vaping!' Overnight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Overnight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare 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."