The White House did not deny that President Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and African countries “shithole countries” in a statement in response to a Washington Post report.
According to The Post, Trump said during a meeting with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He then said the United States should bring in more people from Norway, according to newspaper’s report. Trump had met with Norway’s prime minister Wednesday.
The meeting Thursday was held as the Trump administration and members of Congress work toward a bipartisan immigration deal centered around restoring DACA and protecting DREAMers. Trump’s comments came after lawmakers floated restoring protections for people from El Salvador, Haiti and Africa, which his administration has stripped away recently.
You can read the White House’s statement on the report, which does not include a denial of the Trump comments: