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President Donald Trump has questioned why the U.S. would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as “s—hole countries,” according to two sources familiar with the comments.

Trump’s remarks, made in the White House, came as Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on a newly drafted immigration bill being touted by a bipartisan group of senators, according to the sources, who asked not to be identified.

Sources said government officials were present during the conversation.

The lawmakers were describing how certain immigration programs operate, including one to give safe haven in the United States to people from countries suffering from natural disasters or civil strife.

One of the sources who was briefed on the conversation said that Trump said, “Why do we want all these people from Africa here?

“They’re s–hole countries … We should have more people from Norway.”

The second source familiar with the conversation, said Trump, who has vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration, also questioned the need for Haitians in the United States.

Many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers slammed the president for his remarks.

Republican U.S. Representative Mia Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, said the comments were “unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values”.

Love called on Trump to apologise to the American people and to the countries he denigrated.

Another Republican Representative, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and whose south Florida district includes many Haitian immigrants, said: “Language like that shouldn’t be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn’t be heard in the White House.”

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said the president’s comment “smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy.”

In an apparent response to his critics, Trump took to Twitter late on Thursday night.

Trump tweeted: “The Democrats seem intent on having people and drugs pour into our country from the Southern Border, risking thousands of lives in the process.

“It is my duty to protect the lives and safety of all Americans. We must build a Great Wall, think Merit and end Lottery & Chain. USA!”

The programme that was being discussed at the White House is called Temporary Protected Status.

In November, the Trump administration decided to end the status for immigrants from Haiti and Nicaragua.

It gave the approximately 59,000 Haitian immigrants who had been granted the status until July 2019 to return home or legalise their presence in the U.S.

Nicaraguans were given until January 2019.

On Monday, Trump moved to end the status for immigrants from El Salvador, which could result in 200,000 Salvadorans legally in the United States being deported, beginning in September of 2019.

Photo Credit: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

18 Comments

  1. Babym

    January 12, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Chai Americaaaa who did this to you ooo ?. The next president will spend his whole term apologising to the whole world ? what a great mess to clean up!

    • Anne

      January 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Why are people stressing Trump out. This idea of responding to his statements without thinking deeply is wrong. It is the case of forcing yourself to marry someone who has said no several times. Or visiting your neighbours when they don’t want you in their homes. Your parents in that situation will ask you are question: Can’t you stay in your house? it in your house and manage what you have. Stop doing ‘ojukokoro’ They built their country, you ruined yours now you want to force yourself in or overstay your welcome. Na insult you go get.

  2. Annie

    January 12, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Is it not true. If Africa is that great why are our young ones migrating through the Sahara desert and dangerous high seas at great risk to get to Europe.

  3. Lovely

    January 12, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Trump is a waste of space and air. America is in a deep mess for electing and uncultured pig into Whitehouse. The guy is bad breath ?

  4. Ezinne

    January 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    In the spirit of diplomacy! Yes he shouldn’t have said that. I’m no trump fan but his statement is pretty accurate! S— hole country with s— hole leaders.
    Herdsmen! Ordinary herdsmen!!! Are a national problem. No arrests, just baby femi adesina crying about how it’s unfair yada yada.
    S— hole leaders!! Rada rada leaders

  5. Weezy

    January 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Where is his naija supporters club? All you people that were supporting the man, as if he would want to have anything to do with you.

  6. Dolly

    January 12, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Where are the Trump town criers on this post, the H&M loving Nigerians and the who cares they call you a monkey voltrons………………. lol exactly nowhere to be found. Its all fun & games till it stares you in the face, u’re not different to them!!

  7. Loki

    January 12, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Sometimes I feel like Trump is really just having a joke at the expense of everybody else. Like this Presidency of a thing might be a truth or dare game between he and his best friend to test everyone’s tolerance level. I refuse to believe that anyone is really this bad a leader. Even the class monitor I had in primary 1 would make a better president.

  8. Mrs chidukane

    January 13, 2018 at 12:54 am

    He shouldn’t have said that. However, Nigeria is a massive s—hole. All of you that rush to have your babies in America have already attested to the fact that it is indeed a s—hole. Let’s just stop with the faux outrage.

  9. passingby

    January 13, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Some people like to show their ignorance with their false WOKEness. Which one is ” his statement is pretty accurate” mtchewww abeg e speak for your yeyefowl self. I grew up in warri, lived in sapele for a while lagos and porthacourt. I life was good. I moved to new orleans. My dear I have never in my life seen a bigger cesspit s—hole as new orleans. Druggies, teenage pregnancies, incest you name it , poverty of the order of Hell. You get some of the most ignorant dumb a–es in the mighty us of a. Please stop defeating yourself with your own complex. Every nation on earth has pockets of so called s—holes. Corruption is not only an African problem. Till tommorrow Americans dont know who killed kennedy, or the real reason behind their involvement in the vietnam war. For a newly independant country we are doing alright, it will get better. This isnt a s—hole. Mr trump is a racist a–hole.

    • Ijs

      January 14, 2018 at 7:25 am

      So you have moved back to Nigeria and you now live and work there? If no, hide your hyprocricy

  10. MauBanks

    January 13, 2018 at 7:08 am

    ….when i`ve been around lagos, there`s been a lot of “S–T” stench in the air and a perforation of astonishing “POTHOLES” on the roads……..the crux of this story is…yes, there`s s–t and holes in every country BUT when it is so prevalent in a country that the country is identified with it at a glance then it is a gruesome symptom of more fundamental crisis. In short, we need to shut up, come back home, knuckle down, identify with our rural heritage and urgently but patiently build our country,ourselves….I do commend the Govenors/individuals who are already doing this but the keywords her are “longterm”….”sustainable”

  11. tobi

    January 13, 2018 at 7:32 am

    America got independance in 1776. Nigeria and most of Africa became independant in the last century. What has independancce got to do with advancement? A s… load. Before independance Africas resources were used to service these western nations, OUR RESOURCES WERE STOLEN. If you want to compare look back at American civilization and advancement when they were the same age post independance as nigeria is today. Its soooooo sad that any Nigerian would see themselves through the eyes of this truly dispeakable degenerate of a human called trump. As far as im concern he is a low level divisive humanbeing . What he says is NOT WHAT WE ARE. WE ARE A RESILIENT PEOPLE. For us to come back from slavery, scramble and partition of Africa , western influence on our elections then we are unstoppable. ?

    • anon

      January 13, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      @tobi Truth and deep. Here are a few facts..America gained independance from britain in 1776. The Barbaric act of slavery wss abolished 89 years after american independance. Nigeria gained independance from britain 1960. Nigeria is about 55yrs old today. America post independance is 227 years old today. America was more of a s hold 89 years post independance compared to nigeria today ( open your history books instead of listening to this psychotic slave owner) I am proud to be an African and a Nigerian.

  12. Bowl

    January 13, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Trump is not and will never be your problem except for the luxury serfdom you must do in pursuit of the deceit called American dream. Do you come from a country ? No . And you are not bordered . My dears, weep for your country. Weep for your country , littered with decay of inequity, terrorism, illiteracy, infrastructural decay, ethnic cleansing, mediocrity etc
    Shameless people. !
    Trump is president and America still functions. Buhari is your president ?the state of things in your country !

  13. Bowl

    January 13, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Funny thing is , you think your quasi citizenship rights makes you an American. Trump will finish his tenure and some one worse than him will rise and his sole vision will be to rid American of serfs like you .

    • tobi

      January 13, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      Read history. Look at the Big Picture. Ask yourself what position does America have in the world today? How does that effect Africas functioning? What do you think will happen if trump asked Buhari to sell oil for 2 cents a barrel in opposed to 18 dollars? Do you think he will have the liver to say NO? Nuclear power in the hands of a Racist mad man ! Just think of the posibilities. This guy is EVERY BLACK PERSONS NIGHTMARE!!!!!

  14. Irene

    January 15, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Nigeria’s number one problem is the unsteady power supply. Once power is steady, investors will come in. Besides we got manpower.

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