The pact also includes restrictions on immigrants' abilities to bring relatives to the US and termination of a visa lottery system that has helped gain entry for people from African and other diverse countries. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) and Richard Durbin (D., Ill.) proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and then prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said.
While Trump may think Haiti is a "sh*thole", it's not so bad that he won't use Haitian labor. They have not, at this time, denied these comments. Yet, late night hosts on Thursday night seemed more perplexed than usual while discussing the president's latest comments regarding people from what he called "shithole countries". I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. "I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs".
In recent days, Trump has attempted to look like the adult in the room, even allowing cameras into a bipartisan meeting at the White House over the issue at hand. Mr. Trump said, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the meeting. Durbin threw out a few examples, including Haiti, and the president asked why the USA would want all those people from Haiti.
The ambassador underscored the indelicate timing of the comment, pointing out that Friday is the eighth anniversary of the 2010 natural disaster in Haiti, which is estimated to have killed well over 200,000 people. Thursday's meeting came one day after Trump met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House.
"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.More news: China Urges Japan to Avoid 'Artificial' Incidents Near Disputed Islands
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The president then said that the US should let in more people from countries like Norway.
"Before I share what specifically he said, I would like you to keep in mind this is an actual quote from the actual president of the United States", Kimmel said while opening his show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on ABC.
"Are you proud of the president's statements today?"
Neal Katyal, a lead lawyer challenging Trump's attempts to impose a travel ban on mostly Muslim nations, has argued the travel ban reveals a discriminatory intent on the president's part, and responded to news of Trump's comment in light of the ongoing legal battle.
She added: "This behaviour is unacceptable from the leader of our nation", and called on Mr Trump to apologise to the American people "and the nations he so wantonly maligned".