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.
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.
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