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Trump calls black countries ‘shitholes’

After a bipartisan US Senate group had reportedly reached an "agreement in principle" on immigration, The Washington Post reported that 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 the proposed deal.

Published: January 12, 2018, 8:43 am

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    “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, alluding to African countries and Haiti. Instead, he suggested that the United States should allow immigrants from countries like Norway.

    The comments left lawmakers “taken aback”. The White House meanwhile refused to deny that Trump said it.

    As reported by FWM earlier, the administration announced this week a potential bipartisan deal, with lawmakers discussing restoring protections for DACA countries.

    Until noon on Thursday, there was still a tentative deal, but it crashed in the afternoon when Trump changed his mind and shifted his position in the meeting and no longer seemed interested.

    Republican senator Lindsey O. Graham and Democrat Richard J. Durbin had proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said.

    Graham and Durbin thought they would be meeting with Trump alone and were surprised to find immigration hard-liners at the meeting.

    After the meeting, Marc Short, Trump’s legislative aide, said the White House was nowhere near a bipartisan deal on immigration, while White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at the daily White House news briefing: “We still think we can get there.” If they do not, a government shutdown may be inevitable.

    “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.

    Strangely, former Mexican Presidente Vicente Fox asked by “what authority” does the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, have to question US immigration policy.

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