Trump complains about allowing immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries

As he rejected a bipartisan compromise to resolve the standoff over so-called Dreamers, President Trump asked participants in an Oval Office meeting Thursday why the United States should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

“What do we want Haitians here for?” the president asked, according to the people briefed. “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?”

The president added: “We should have people from places like Norway.”

Asked about the president’s use of the slur, the White House did not deny it, but issued a statement saying Trump would “always fight for the American people.”

Cornyn told reporters that any deal needed support from more than the six senators who comprised the bipartisan group.

“It’s not going to be done by just a subgroup,” he said.

Times staff writer Nina Agrawal in New York contributed to this report.

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3 p.m.: The story was updated with comments from Sen. Kamala Harris and Mexican President Vicente Fox.

2:15 p.m.: The story was updated with Trump’s comments during the meeting.

The story was originally published at 1:45 p.m.

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