U.S. President Donald Trump is reported to have referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, a Democratic aide briefed on Thursday’s meeting said, according to the Washington Post.
The President reportedly rejected a pitch from the senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA recipients (the illegal immigration population that fall under the previous Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order) while increasing border security.
“Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” Trump reportedly said.
The President suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose Prime Minister he met with on Wednesday.
Trump, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt that they help the United States economically.