Who comes from shit-hole countries? Probably us, Americans, tbh, for electing a “President” like Donald Trump.
In another apparent foot-in-his-mouth occurrence, which is not growing rare it seems, President Donald Trump reportedly asked lawmakers why people from “shit-hole countries come here.”
He referred to migrants coming in from Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations in a meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration at the Oval Office, reported Buzzfeed.
The group on Thursday was discussing the possibility of restoring protections for immigrants, including the discussion on the possibility of a deal on the immigration status of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, as well as increased security at the border; who have come from the mentioned countries, when Trump made the comment.
Buzzfeed added that it was the Washington Post who first reported on Trump using the derogatory descriptor for those countries.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump asked the group of lawmakers.
The president then apparently suggested that the US bring in more people from countries like Norway.
Well, if your country isn’t ravaged all the time by drought, famine, war, and other atrocities, and superpower countries (ehem) aren’t pillaging your natural resources, we doubt the immensely progressive Norwegians would see reason to come to America.
The report continued that he would not approve of a deal that did not include funding for a wall along the southern US border.
Aggravatingly enough, the White House in a statement did not deny Trump made the comment.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” said White House spokesman Raj Shah.
“The president will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration — two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country.”
“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. He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway.”
Buzzfeed News added that a former Trump administration official said that although the president’s comment may be distasteful to some, it could resonate with his base.
“While it might be uncomfortable for some people in the media to recognize, I think there’s a large segment of voters who it resonates with as anti-pc ‘straight talk,'” the former official said.
The statement inevitably sparked criticism, even from members of the president’s own party.
House Republican Mia Love, a representative from Utah whose parents were born in Haiti, in a statement to Buzzfeed asked Trump to “apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.”
“The President’ [sic]comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values.” “This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation. My parents came from one of those countries but proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with.”
Republican representatives from Florida also commented on the terminology Trump used:
“[U]nder no circumstances is it acceptable to degrade, denigrate or dehumanize” immigrants with temporary protection status, said Republican Carlos Curbelo, while Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen criticized the president’s comment, adding it “ignores the contributions thousands of Haitians have made to our #SoFla community and nation.”
Guys, just honestly….*smdh*