Trump attacks protections from immigrants from “shithole” countries

“President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting,” as the Washington Post and others are reporting.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.

“Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt they help the United States economically.

“In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said.

“Why do we need more Haitians?’ Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. ‘Take them out.’

“Lawmakers were taken aback by the comments, according to people familiar with their reactions. Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) had proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and then prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said.”

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8 thoughts on “Trump attacks protections from immigrants from “shithole” countries”

  1. This is who we elected. He campaigned on these exact racist themes. His 36% base is racist along with him. We tried to warn everyone, “I told you so” could be said, but it’s so far beyond that………

  2. Trump won’t lose a single white guy supporter over those statements, suburban women and minorities might be a different story. Regardless, what a terrible image for our country. What a joke that head Republicans don’t stand up to Trump more. The damage he is doing to the Republican Party is going to play out at the voting booth, but of course, Donald will just blame others.

    1. Steve, he won’t lose a single white guy because the ones who understand what he was doing and rejected it have already rejecetd it, and the ones who understand what he was doing and support it—that is the normalization of racism and nativism–are already there.

  3. People from Norway have responded that they don’t want to come to trump’s shithole country that doesn’t have free healthcare and education, maternity leave, etc. etc. etc.

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