President Trump on Thursday questioned why visa protections should be extended to immigrants pouring in from “shithole countries.”
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The president reportedly made the remarks during an Oval Office meeting on the immigration bill Thursday, where lawmakers proposed ending the diversity visa lottery program in favor of protections for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and African nations.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” the president reportedly stated according to The Washington Post.
The Post’s anonymous sources, who did not attend the meeting, report Trump added he’d prefer “more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.”
Members at the meeting were “alarmed and mystified” by Trump’s comments, according to The New York Times, and “taken aback,” the Post reports.
Meanwhile Trump supporters were unfazed by the remarks.