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Trump calls Haiti and African nations "shithole countries"

12 January 2018

Trump drew the ire of lawmakers on Thursday after he asked why the United States should have to take immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti as well as some African nations.

Carlson echoed those sentiments when he described Trump's comment as "something that nearly every single person in America actually agrees with". Trump also reportedly followed up the remark by asking why "people from countries like Norway" don't migrate as much to the U.S.

Known as a "model minority" in the US, Trump said that he would be open to more Asian migrants however, reported the Chicago Tribune.

And U.S. President Donald Trump unabashedly engaged in this plain, in-your-face, repugnant racism this week. Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard J. Durbin later proposed slashing the visa lottery program by 50 percent, the Post reported.

White House spokesman Raj Shah defended Trump without directly addressing the term, saying, "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries but President Trump will always fight for the American people".

"Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?" the president said in the Thursday afternoon Oval Office meeting with a handful of members of the House and Senate. When he was a presidential candidate, he referred to Mexican people as "rapists" and "murderers." I want safety and security for our people.

The senators in attendance were "taken aback" by the president's comments.

"Before I share what specifically he said, I'd like you to keep in mind, this is an actual quote from the actual President of the United States", he said. "Racist", said Cooper, who is the anchor of "AC360".

Congresswoman Mia Love - the only Haitian American in congress- was on a flight from Washington Salt Lake City, where she told Fox 13, she's hoping for an apology.

"Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and US would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", Trump tweeted. This got the ESA, an organisation that typically lobbies for the benefit of big video game publishers, to issue a statement denouncing Trump's words. "This President's failure to grasp simple ideas of inclusion and maturity is an open sore on our democracy that continues to fester".

Trump calls Haiti and African nations