In an extraordinary Oval Office exchange, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the USA should allow in immigrants from "shithole countries" as he rejected a plan by a bipartisan group of senators that would have changed rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, according to three people briefed on the conversation.
Trump said, according to a Washington Post report citing two sources briefed on the meeting.
According to those outlets, Trump used the phrase to deride Haiti and the continent of Africa and suggested the United States favor people from nations such as Norway in its immigration policy.
"He will always reject temporary, weak and risky stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway", Shah said of Trump.
Sanders insisted that Trump has a "full understanding" of the FISA debate, additionally pointing to comments made earlier Thursday by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that defended the president's knowledge of the issue. Durbin said that in exchange, people from African countries that have benefited from that lottery would be given other access to visas. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime.
Trump's comments aren't far-fetched, according to various news reports.
During the meeting in the Oval Office, Trump wasn't happy with the idea pitched by senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.).
The senators say the deal also revamps a visa lottery and rules helping immigrants' relatives enter the U.S.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said the gang of six's work is not enough to get a vote, and said that any path forward will have to come from talks among a broader group of lawmakers including Republican leadership. "I think this guy is unfit to be president of the United States", Raoul said.
But in an afternoon of drama and confusing developments, three other GOP lawmakers - including two hardliners on immigration - were also in Trump's office for Thursday's meeting and said it did not produce the results Graham and Durbin were hoping for. Trump asked the group of lawmakers.
Of course, Trump's shocking comments are rather consistent with his past statements on immigrants, particularly from Haiti. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Sen. But she added, "We haven't quite gotten there, but we feel like we're close". The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States.