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Trump refers to 'sh-thole' countries during immigration meeting

12 January 2018

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See reactions to Trump's explosive comments below.

"I think we still have a ways to go", White House legislative director Marc Short told reporters on Capitol Hill.

He said on Twitter on Friday that his language during the meeting was "tough" but insisted: "This was not the language used".

Other county leaders reacted to Trump's reported Oval Office comments, which included a demand that Haitians in particular not be included in any immigration deal. "Racism is a question of power, not a question of attitude", he said. "Do we need more Hatians?'"

Trump was meeting with a bipartisan group of senators to discuss an immigration deal, according to NBC News, and balked at African and Central American immigrants coming to the country. Anonymous officials told the Times that Trump, in a June meeting, said people from Haiti "all have AIDS".

The Washington Post first reported on Trump's comments in the Oval Office meeting, which the Post said "shocked" lawmakers in attendance.

"We can now we say with 100% confidence that the president is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution". The United States has created special categories, including temporary protected status for people from countries enduring natural disasters or grave unrest.

"The people who left those countries, some of them rode trains all the way through Mexico or they hid in the wheel well of a plane to leave, they would agree with that". I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs.

DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children from deportation. Since his inauguration last January, Trump has struggled to find a compromise with Democrats and even some Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate' s No. 2 Democrat, explained that as part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited people from Africa and other nations would be ended, the sources said, though there could be another way for them to apply.

"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", White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement.

As for Africa, he asked why more people from "s***hole countries" should be allowed into the USA, the sources said. He then suggested the USA focus on bringing more immigrants from places like Norway, the paper reported. Trump met this week with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

In a meeting on immigration on Thursday, President Donald Trump used damning language in reference to immigrants from Africa, Haiti and other "shithole countries".

President Donald Trump expressed his frustration Thursday with a bipartisan immigration deal in the works in Congress. "Personally, as someone from South Shithole, I'm offended, Mr. President", the host said.

Trump's comments, made at a closed-door White House meeting, were a reaction to a plan to cut the number of people entering the US through its visa lottery program.

Trump refers to 'sh-thole' countries during immigration meeting