Trump's offensive language would appear to have no bounds, if a stunning new report from the Washington Post is to be believed.
While speaking with lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday, the president allegedly referred to the countries of Africa, plus Haiti and El Salvador, as "sh*tholes."
The comment reportedly came during a conversation about restoring immigration protections for people from the aforementioned locations as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.
“Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” Trump said, according to two people briefed on the meeting. The president suggested that instead, the United States should be bringing in more immigrants from countries like Norway.
In a statement issued after the Post's report, White House spokesman Raj Shah defended Trump's immigration stance but did not address his comments.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people ... Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”
The White House announced earlier this week that it was removing protections for immigrants from El Salvador, putting nearly 200,000 people at risk for deportation.