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Why Trump Can’t Understand Immigration From ‘Shithole Countries’

The president cannot seem to imagine Haitians, Salvadorans, or Africans as coequal citizens.
Source: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Speaking to lawmakers Thursday, President Trump angrily pushed back on their desire to restore protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries and said the U.S. should instead seek immigrants from Norway, the country whose prime minister he welcomed Wednesday.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to The Washington Post. NBC News confirmed the account. CNN that Trump said, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” NBC that someone in the room replied, “Because if you do, it will be obvious why.” The White House issued a in which a spokesman said the president “will always fight for the American people,” but did not deny Trump had made the remarks.

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