He reportedly made the racist remarks during a meeting Thursday.
President Trump reportedly referred to Haiti and countries in Africa as “shithole countries” and called for more people from places like Norway at an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, two people briefed on the meeting told the Washington Post on Thursday night.
NBC News later confirmed the account:
.@NBCNews source: As Durbin explained how deal would impact ppl from Haiti, Trump said, “Haiti? Why do we want people from Haiti here?” Then they got Africa. ‘Why do we want these people from all these shithole countries here? We should have more people from places like Norway.”
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) January 11, 2018
The meeting was intended to help hammer out an immigration deal that would extend protections and offer a path to citizenship to DACA recipients, but also include money for border security and reforms to some immigration programs.
According to the Post, one deal being considered would allow visas from the diversity lottery to go to immigrants who just lost temporary protected status allowing them to stay and work in the US — including those from Haiti and El Salvador, whose protections are expiring next year.
That’s the broad context for Trump’s outburst. But this isn’t the first time Trump has reportedly made racist comments about immigrants from predominantly black countries.
A New York Times report in December recounted a meeting in the Oval Office where Trump railed against the recipients of US visas in 2017. During it, he reportedly complained Haitians “all have AIDS” and Nigerians would never “go back to their huts.” The White House denied Trump made those remarks.