White House Doesn’t Deny Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Comment

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President Donald Trump at the White House, on January 11, 2018.

The White House did not deny that President Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” in a statement in response to a Washington Post report.

According to The Post, Trump said during a meeting with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He then said the United States should bring in more people from Norway, according to newspaper’s report. Trump had met with Norway’s prime minister Wednesday.

The meeting Thursday was held as the Trump administration and members of Congress work toward a bipartisan immigration deal centered around restoring DACA and protecting DREAMers. Trump’s comments came after lawmakers floated restoring protections for people from El Salvador, Haiti and Africa, which his administration has stripped away recently.

You can read the White House’s statement on the report, which does not include a denial of the Trump comments:

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people. The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration – two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists to enter our country,” the White House statement said. “Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”

The statement adds, “He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway.”