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Trump calls Haiti and African countries 'sh**hole' nations

Trump looks to Brooke Rollins President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation as she speaks during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the Washington Thursday Jan. 11 2018

In a meeting in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump questioned why the USA should permit more immigrants from "sh*thole countries" after senators discussed revamping rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, three people briefed on the conversation told the Associated Press.

"They're shithole countries. We should have more people from Norway".

US President Donald Trump used a vulgar phrase as he was briefed on a bipartisan immigration plan at a meeting on Thursday, which would affect migrants from Africa, Haiti, and some Latin America nations.

US President Donald Trump has reportedly lashed out at immigrants in a foul-mouthed Oval Office outburst. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. "That does not represent who we are as a country. We should have more people from Norway".

The profanity-laced remark was also confirmed by the Associated Press and CNN.

The White House did not deny- or confirm- the remarks in a statement responding to the report, but said Trump was defending his immigration principles because he is an advocate for the American people.

Many of the National Football League players who protested by taking a knee during the anthem did so to protest police brutality against black people.

Many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers slammed the president for his remarks. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) tweeted.

Mia Love, a Utah Republican and the only Haitian-American in Congress, demanded Mr Trump apologise for the "unkind, divisive, elitist" comments.

Trump has spoken positively about Haitians in public.

Graham and Durbin are leading efforts to codify protections for so-called "dreamers", immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children.

Thursday afternoon it was widely reported that a bipartisan immigration deal was close to being done, but a Washington Post report appears to show that deal may not get done. But the White House later rejected it, plunging the issue back into uncertainty just eight days before a deadline that threatens a government shutdown. Richard Durbin that protections for immigrants from Africa, Haiti, and El Salvador could be restored in exchange for $1.5 billion for the border wall and eliminating the visa lottery system.