In a Thursday meeting with lawmakers, Trump asked why the U.S. let in so many immigrants from “shithole countries,” , saying more should be brought in from countries like Norway.
The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt that they help the United States economically.
African countries and Haiti react to Trump’s remark
“The African Union Commission is frankly alarmed at statements by the president of the United States when referring to migrants of African countries and others in such contemptuous terms,” said Ebba Kalondo, the spokeswoman for the African Union. “Considering the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the U.S. during the Atlantic slave trade, this flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice.”
The reaction from the United Nations human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, was uncharacteristically blunt. He described the remark as “racist.”
“There is no other word one can use but ‘racist,’ ” he said at a briefing in Geneva. “You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes,’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”
Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren defended President Donald Trump’s reported comments about immigrants coming to the United States from “shithole” countries.
“If they aren’t shithole countries, why don’t their citizens stay there? Let’s be honest. Call it like it is,” she tweeted.
If they aren’t shithole countries, why don’t their citizens stay there? Let’s be honest. Call it like it is.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) January 12, 2018
Twitter users tore into Republican commentator Tomi Lahren on Friday for defending President Trump after he told senators that some African nations are “shithole countries.”