Trump later tweeted that while his language was tough, "This was not the language used".
Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, was in Thursday's meeting at the White House, but would not comment on the president's reported slur. "Racism is a question of power, not a question of attitude", he said. "Haitians fought along USA soldiers in the revolutionary war and we continue to be great contributors to American society, " he added.
The comment was made during a recent discussion with congressional leaders, according to a report in the Washington Post.
This time though, they're just rationalizing it.
"Why are we having all these people from s--hole countries come here?"
"Some, I assume, are good people", he conceded, during his 2016 campaign. The program was created to provide safety and economic security after a devastating quake that struck the country in 2001. "I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs".
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Trump has signaled he would sign a bill to protect 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children, known as "DREAMers, but only if it included funding for a wall along the U.S". Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) suggested a 50 percent cut to the lottery program, but it's unclear whether Trump accepted that proposal.
The White House did not deny the account.
The Post's report was based on two sources who were briefed on the meeting.
"The people of Haiti have been through more..." He reportedly asked why the United States would "want" immigrants from "sh*thole countries" and said the United States should have more immigrants from "places like" Norway. He had met Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg earlier this week. "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", spokesman Raj Shah told The Post. "I don't know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be racist".
"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.
Farah Larrieux, a Haitian immigrant in Miami who represents a national alliance of people like her who have been granted protections against deportation after natural disasters in their nations, said Trump's "s***hole" comments are simply "beyond politics".