President Donald Trump disparaged a number of countries Thursday after growing frustrated with a suggestion that the U.S. restore protections for immigrants from those states, The Washington Post reported.
Speaking with lawmakers in the Oval Office, the president labeled Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as "s***hole countries," according to two people briefed on the meeting.
Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” Trump allegedly said, before suggesting that the United States should instead welcome immigrants from countries like Norway.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) were present at the meeting, and were surprised by the comments, according to the Post.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” a White House spokesman said when asked to comment on the Post story, before outlining Trump's requirements for an immigration deal.
Trump met with the prime minister of Norway yesterday.
A White House spokesman declined to comment to the Post on the incident.