Trump has adopted a hard-line stance on immigration ever since he took office past year and on Thursday, he reiterated plans to build a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico in order to, in his words, "protect the lives and safety of all Americans".
They never took a thing from our federal government."South Carolina Sen Tim Scott, the only Republican African-American senator, called the President's comments "disappointing."The American family was born from immigrants fleeing persecution and poverty and searching for a better future", Scott said".
In the same meeting, he said, "Why do we need more Haitians?" Someone else in the room responded: "Because if you do, it will be obvious why".
"Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?" the president said in the Oval Office meeting with a handful of members of the House and Senate.
Friday morning a lot of people are talking about the comments President Trump reportedly made during a meeting about immigration. "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".
Another White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity to CNN's Kaitlan Collins, was even less apologetic, saying his sentiments would likely help Trump with his loyal voting base, much like his attacks on National Football League players who took a knee to protest police brutality and racial discrimination earlier this season. White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them when asked.More news: Seal calls out Oprah ignoring rumors on Harvey Weinstein
He added: "I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level".
He has pledged to cut legal immigration by half while he infamously promised a "Great Wall" along the Mexican border.
They also spurred a harsh reaction from the United Nations, with rights office spokesman Rupert Colville describing them as "shocking and shameful".
Colville said Friday that the comments, if confirmed, were "shocking and shameful" and "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist".
A prominent evangelical supporter of President Donald Trump's is standing by him after Trump used a vulgarity to describe African countries.
The ambassador underscored the indelicate timing of the comment, pointing out that Friday is the eighth anniversary of the 2010 natural disaster in Haiti, which is estimated to have killed well over 200,000 people. The news report of the comments reported in the Washington Post received boos from the audience. "We should have more people from places like Norway", he is reported to have said.More news: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Open Beta Begins
In Lagos, Nigeria, IT worker Mayowa Okuwade said: "I think every African country should just learn from this and probably just stay in their country and work with their resources ..." I mean, don't get me wrong, it might take a few weeks.
"Good morning from the greatest most handsome "s-thole country" in the world!"
Botswana's government called the remarks "reprehensible and racist" and said the USA ambassador had been summoned.
"The president calling #Haiti a "shithole country" ignores the contributions thousands of Haitians have made to our #SoFla community and nation", Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen posted on Twitter. But the White House later rejected it, plunging the issue back into uncertainty just eight days before a deadline that threatens a government shutdown.
U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested that he did not use the vulgar language that media reports said he uttered in a discussion on immigration. "So we'll be talking to the White House about that and I hope we can move forward with that".More news: Can Tom Brady Escape His Struggles-and Other Key NFL Playoff Questions