Despite publicly claiming he was interested in an immigration “bill of love,” a new Washington Post report suggests President Donald Trump may not really be in such a loving mood when it comes to immigration.
Citing two sources who were briefed on a Thursday Oval Office meeting between Trump and lawmakers, The Washington Post provides disturbing details into how the president discusses the topic in private:
President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met yesterday.
Trump’s latest candid comments are reminiscent of previously reported remarks where the president claimed all immigrants from Haiti have AIDS and immigrants from Nigeria would never “go back to their huts” after seeing America.
Using crude rhetoric to refer to immigrants has been a staple of Trump’s political career, dating back to the initial announcement of his presidential campaign in 2015:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
“And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump added at the time.
In a statement following the publication of Thursday’s Washington Post story, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah did not deny the comments attributed to the president:
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“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” Shah said. “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.”
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