During a closed door meeting with Democratic and Republican senators on Thursday, President Trump called countries such as Haiti, El Salvador, and Nigeria "shithole countries."
Multiple outlets have been told by multiple sources that when discussing immigration in the Oval Office, President Trump asked the assembled lawmakers some remarkable questions.
"Why do we want all these people from 'shithole countries' coming here?"
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss changes to the visa lottery system and national immigration policies. Once the conversation shifted to African immigrants, Trump asked why America would want people from "shithole countries" coming to the United States. He then had a fleeting memory from one day ago when he met Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Wednesday, and said America should try to attract people from Norway and similar countries instead.
The problem with that very white idea is that Norway is rated the happiest nation in the world, while America is a distant 14th on the list. Over the last decade, Americans have been steadily rating themselves less happy.
In a rare moment of transparency from the least transparent administration in decades, the White House did not dispute the remarks. White House spokesperson Raj Shahmerely said the following in a statement released to the press.
"President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation."
According to a report from CNN, Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham brought a plan to Trump to cut the visa lottery in half with remaining visa's being given to immigrants from countries in Africa and protected nations such as Haiti. Apparently, the idea of more black people coming to America rattled Trump.
"Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out."
Earlier this week, Trump's Department of Homeland Security announced it would end protection more than 200,000 Salvadorans and their American-born children.