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

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoManchin defends Supreme Court candidate Barrett: 'It's awful to bring in religion' Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court Democrats unveil plan declaring racism a public health issue MORE (D-Hawaii) said early Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick 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 CottonTom Bryant CottonThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Abortion stirs GOP tensions in Supreme Court fight 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 NielsenMore than million in DHS contracts awarded to firm of acting secretary's wife: report DHS IG won't investigate after watchdog said Wolf, Cuccinelli appointments violated law Appeals court sides with Trump over drawdown of immigrant protections 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 DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Feinstein 'surprised and taken aback' by suggestion she's not up for Supreme Court fight Grand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death 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."