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WASHINGTON — In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.

Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist. The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society."

Trump's comments came as two senators presented details of a bipartisan compromise that would extend protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants — and also strengthen border protections as Trump has insisted.

The lawmakers had hoped Trump would back their accord, an agreement among six senators evenly split among Republicans and Democrats, ending a months-long, bitter dispute over protecting the "Dreamers." But the White House later rejected it, plunging the issue back into uncertainty just eight days before a deadline that threatens a government shutdown.

Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate' s No. 2 Democrat, explained that as part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited people from Africa and other nations would be ended, the sources said, though there could be another way for them to apply. Durbin said people would be allowed to stay in the U.S. who fled here after disasters hit their homes in places including El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.

Trump specifically questioned why the U.S. would want to admit more people from Haiti. As for Africa, he asked why more people from "s***hole countries" should be allowed into the U.S., the sources said.

The president suggested that instead, the U.S. should allow more entrants from countries like Norway. Trump met this week with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Asked about the remarks, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people," he said.

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  • ARMNAR
    January 11, 2018 at 7:44 p.m.

    Trump's NAZI mouth is a sh1thole.

  • snakeshooter
    January 11, 2018 at 8:06 p.m.

    That's exactly the reason he is president. He says what most of us are thinking.

  • ARMNAR
    January 11, 2018 at 8:16 p.m.

    Not most of us. Only the inbred racist morons.

  • PopMom
    January 11, 2018 at 8:25 p.m.

    He is a very divisive president who may lead us into a world war. Trump is totally lacking in diplomacy skills as well as human decency.

    GetBackHonkycat,

    I would much rather have most immigrants from these countries than the rich, racist white trash who is Trump and who does not pay his bills and colludes with evil foreign dictators.

  • JB23
    January 11, 2018 at 9:05 p.m.

    Trump’s prayer meetings are producing odd results.

  • RBear
    January 11, 2018 at 9:10 p.m.

    This statement shows how low he can go. The WH has become a white trailer park trash reality show. It is no longer the pinnacle of dignity and world respect. I refuse to accept him as my president. My president has the utmost dignity and respect for all humans, not just his white racist idiots.

  • Packman
    January 11, 2018 at 9:31 p.m.

    Looks like President Trump dished out some serious butthurt to bed wetting libs. Nice. Very nice.
    .
    Hey amgoo - Speaking of inbred racists morons, you still calling Sarah Sanders a "whore"?
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    Hey RBear - Hate to break this to you but If you're an American Donald Trump is in fact your President. There's nothing to accept, skippy, that's just how it works.

  • 23cal
    January 11, 2018 at 10:10 p.m.

    The fact that the President or his administration not only failed to condemn today’s disgusting comments, but double down, is a testament to just how racist, xenophobic, and extremist this administration is.

    To slightly paraphrase Joseph Welch's statement to Joe McCarthy, "Until this moment, President Trump, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.Let us not assassinate these countries and their people further. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?"
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    When I first read about this, my first thought was that the idiot right wingers would try to make his statement virtuous because it was honest and unfiltered; that they would try to make a virtue out of insult. Bam! There's Taxpayer.

    My friend has a drunk uncle who says vile, hateful, nasty stuff. No one would ever deem that "good" simply because it was honest and unfiltered, they just note that he is a foul-mouthed, crass, jerk. Trump's cultist base will excuse anything done by the foul cretin.
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    The height of hypocrisy here is his followers were screaming about how Obama failed to get international respect (even though he did), and they obviously think calling sovereign nations shiftholes is the way to do it, provided you pour a good foundation by calling Puerto Ricans lazy, by calling Mexicans rapists and criminals, by saying Nigerians live in huts, Muslims are terrorists, and Haitians all have AIDS.

  • ARMNAR
    January 11, 2018 at 10:47 p.m.

    And our favorite inbred racist moron pipes up.

    Nice.

  • RBBrittain
    January 12, 2018 at 1:15 a.m.

    Hey Packman - Hate to break this to you, but RBear did NOT call for the assassination or violent overthrow of President Trump. The last I checked, even Trump has yet to repeal the First Amendment; we are just as free to criticize Trump as you are to criticize us. In the end Trump is just a man, just like every other President before him. We criticize Trump for his failings because they besmirch the dignity of the office he currently occupies.

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