President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants immigrants coming in ‘from everywhere’ in response to questions about his alleged remarks challenging U.S. admittance of people from ‘shithole countries.’
“I want them to come in from everywhere,” Trump told reporters during a White House meeting with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The remark came as reporters shouted questions about his reported statement last week that he’d prefer the United States welcome people from countries like Norway over nations like Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
Trump has denied using any derogatory language to describe Haitians and said one Democratic lawmaker ‘totally misrepresented’ his remarks when he said Trump used ‘vile’ and ‘hate-filled’ language, including repeatedly referring to the foreign nations as ‘shitholes,’ during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on immigration Thursday. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)