GOP Rep. Mia Love calls Trump's 's---hole' comment racist: 'I can't defend the indefensible'

Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveFormer NFL player Burgess Owens wins Utah GOP primary The Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights The biggest political upsets of the decade MORE (R-Utah) on Sunday said she couldn’t defend President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE for reportedly calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries,” but said his comments shouldn’t distract lawmakers from passing immigration reform.

“I can't defend the indefensible. You have to understand that there are countries that struggle out there. But their people, their people are good people and they're part of us. We're Americans,” Love, the first Haitian-American elected to Congress, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Trump last week reportedly asked lawmakers why the U.S. was accepting so many immigrants from “shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. He suggested the U.S. should instead should take in more immigrants from countries like Norway.

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Asked on Sunday if she thought Trump's comments were racist, Love hesitated before saying "yes."

“I think at this point we can’t look to Washington, we can’t look to the president to tell us how to behave, how to feel. We have to be respectful. We are responsible for who we are and how we behave,” Love said.

Shortly after Trump’s remarks were reported, Love called on Trump to apologize. She reiterated that message on Sunday, and said the White House reached out to her for a meeting.

She also suggested that if a more diverse group of lawmakers were in the room at the time, Trump may not have made the same comments, pointing to backlash from other Republicans like Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloGOP wants more vision, policy from Trump at convention Mucarsel-Powell, Giménez to battle for Florida swing district The Memo: GOP cringes at new Trump race controversy MORE (Fla.)

“I don’t know if those comments would’ve been made if I were actually in the room. There are so many people that really care about this issue, [Rep.] Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHillicon Valley: Oracle confirms deal with TikTok to be 'trusted technology provider' | QAnon spreads across globe, shadowing COVID-19 | VA hit by data breach impacting 46,000 veterans House approves bill to secure internet-connected federal devices against cyber threats House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts MORE [R-Texas], Carlos Curbelo, people on both sides of the aisle that should’ve been in that room talking about DACA,” Love said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

Trump announced last year plans to rescind DACA, which allows certain immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children the ability to stay and work here without fear of deportation. 

Lawmakers have been working on a long-term fix for the Obama-era program, but Trump rejected a bipartisan proposal last week.

“The worst thing that could happen is not getting something done on immigration. We have to do our job,” Love said Sunday.