January 12, 2018 10:45 AM
President Donald Trump used profane language to disparage African nations in a meeting with lawmakers about a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration.
That's according to two people briefed on an Oval Office meeting held Thursday.
Trump made the remark after Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin told Trump that under the proposal, a lottery for visas would be ended. Durbin said that in exchange, people from African countries that have benefited from that lottery would be given other access to visas.
The people say Trump questioned why the U.S. would want to admit more people from "s***hole countries." They say Trump said the U.S. should allow more immigrants from places like Norway.
The two people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the Oval Office meeting.
The White House is not denying that President Donald Trump used profanity in referring to African nations during a meeting on immigration.
Spokesman Raj Shah says in a statement that while "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries," Trump "will always fight for the American people."
He says Trump wants to welcome immigrants who "contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation," and will always reject "temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures" that he says "threaten the lives of hardworking Americans" and undercut other immigrants.
Updated: January 12, 2018 10:45 AM
Created: January 11, 2018 06:38 PM
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