×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Trump Questions Why U.S. Protects Immigrants from ‘S—hole’ Countries (Report)

President Trump asked a group of lawmakers why the U.S. would protect immigrants from “s—hole countries” as they debated the parameters of immigration legislation, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

“Why are we having all these people from s—hole countries come here?” Trump asked the group. Some of the lawmakers had advocated restoring protections for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries, according to the Post, when Trump made the remark.

NBC News reported that Trump made similar comments, and other outlets also confirmed his quotes. NBC News reported that Trump followed the remark by saying, “We should have more people from places like Norway.”

The network also reported that Trump said, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”

The White House did not deny that the president made the comments, but said in a statement that “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 into our country.”

Last month, the White House denied a New York Times report that Trump had made derogatory comments about Haitian and Nigerian visitors to the U.S. in a meeting with staffers. The Times reported that Trump said that Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS,” and that those from Nigeria would never “go back to their huts” after they had been to the United States.

CNN and MSNBC each displayed the word “shithole” on their one screen news chyron banners, and some commentators repeated the expletive. (Wolf Blitzer avoided it). NBC News’ Lester Holt gave a parental warning before the story on the “Nightly News” broadcast. Fox News addressed the comments, but used “s—hole” in its chyron in referring to the expletive.

“I am a proud shithole,” Philip Mudd, a former counter-terorism official, said on CNN angrily, before going through the history of derogatory terms that have been applied to immigrants.

The lawmakers in the meeting — including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) — were discussing immigration and the fate of “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

Democrats condemned the remark, along with at least one Republican. Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) said that the comments “are unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation’s values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation.” She said that her parents “came from one of those countries,” Haiti, and went on to become citizens. “They worked hard, paid taxes, and rose from nothing to take care of and provide opportunities for their children.”

More Politics

  • Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

    Ryan Zinke to Resign as Interior Secretary

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will step down at the end of the year, amid a series of investigations that include conflict of interest. “Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years. Ryan [...]

  • Department of Justice

    DOJ: Gray TV-Raycom Media Merger Can Move Forward if Overlapping Stations Are Sold

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has given the go ahead to Gray Television’s $3.6 billion merger with Raycom Media on the condition that stations be sold in nine markets. The DOJ’s Antitrust Division said it had reached a settlement in which Gray would sell stations in the markets where they would otherwise own two or [...]

  • Mick Mulvaney Chief of Staff

    Mick Mulvaney Will Serve as Acting Chief of Staff, Trump Says

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Mick Mulvaney will serve as his acting chief of staff after the departure of John Kelly at the end of the year. Mulvaney is currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Trump has said he was talking to a number of candidates for the position, but [...]

  • Michael Cohen

    Michael Cohen: Trump Knew Hush Money Payments Were Wrong

    WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen claims that Donald Trump knew that hush money payments made to two women in advance of the 2016 election were wrong. Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” for his first interview since being sentenced to three years in prison, Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, said that when payments were being arranged for [...]

  • Trump Jim Acosta CNN White House

    The Gradual Disappearing Act of the White House Daily Press Briefing

    WASHINGTON — The Trump White House has dropped an event that used to be a prized invite for journalists and their families in D.C.: A holiday party for the media. But another tradition has been disappearing from the West Wing agenda as well: the daily press briefing. The regular televised afternoon back and forth between [...]

  • Nexstar Logo

    Nexstar Settles With Justice Department Over Sharing of Ad Information

    WASHINGTON — Nexstar Media Group, which recently announced plans to acquire Tribune Media and become the largest owner of TV stations in the country, has settled with the Justice Department as it investigates broadcasters’ sharing of competitive advertising rate information with rivals. Six other station groups, including Tribune Media, reached a settlement with the DOJ [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content