Donald Trump held a meeting in his oval office on Thursday (Jan 11) to discuss protecting immigrants from countries such as Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa.
Sources who attended the meeting told the Washington Post that Donald asked the lawmakers a derogatory question.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump asked, according to the sources.
Donald was more interested in opening immigration deals with Norway and suggested allowing more immigrants from Asian countries as he believes it will help the United States economically, the sources further told the publication.
In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, accourding to the sources.
“Why do we need more Haitians?” the President allegedly said. “Take them out.”
Since his statements have made headlines, Donald has taken to Twitter denying having said anything to the extent of the allegations.
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” he tweeted.
He stated that these allegations are made up by “Dems.”
Following the Washington Post article, a White House official released a statement that didn’t deny the remarks said by Donald.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement issued after The Washington Post first reported Trump’s remarks.
“. . . 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.”
Trump built his candidacy and presidency around hard stances on immigration, vowing to build a wall along the Mexican border and cut legal immigration by half, among other positions.
Officials at the Department of Homeland Security have increased immigration raids, including dozens this week at convenience stores across the country.