Donald Trump reportedly asked why US has to take immigrants ‘from s——- countries’


Donald Trump reportedly asked why US has to take immigrants 'from s------- countries'President Donald Trump has reportedly expressed frustration at the United States’ immigration policy, asking a White House gathering of politicians why the US accepted people from “s——- countries” and couldn’t have more people from countries like Norway. Mr Trump convened Thursday's meeting to discuss reforming immigration policy, and one of the politicians inside the Oval Office suggested that a deal could be reached if Mr Trump agreed to restore protection for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. “Why are we having all these people from s——- countries come here?” the president responded, according to two people who spoke to The Washington Post. The paper said he was referring to African countries and Haiti.  He then reportedly suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met on Wednesday. His remarks reportedly left the assembled politicians “taken aback”, the paper said, with Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator for South Carolina, and Richard Durbin, Democratic senator for Illinois, among those in the room. Lindsey Graham was inside the Oval Office when Mr Trump reportedly made his controversial remarks The two were reportedly surprised to be joined by immigration hardliners Bob Goodlatte, a Republican congressman for Virginia, and Tom Cotton, senator for Arkansas. The meeting was impromptu and came after phone calls on Thursday morning, Capitol Hill aides said. They had raised the issue of reducing the visa lottery, and restoring protections for countries that have been removed from the temporary protected status programme, in return for an additional $1.5 billion for a border wall. A White House spokesman declined to comment on Mr Trump’s remarks. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have repeatedly traded insults Earlier in the day Mr Trump spoke to The Wall Street Journal, and claimed that he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea’s leader. “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un, ”said Mr Trump, despite there being no formal contact between US and North Korean officials in decades.  “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.” Asked if he has spoken with Mr Kim, Mr Trump replied: “I don’t want to comment on it. I’m not saying I have or haven’t. I just don’t want to comment.” The president has called the nation’s leader a “maniac,” a “bad dude,” mocked him as “short and fat,” and referred to him repeatedly as “rocket man.”  Mr Kim in response has warned he would “tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire”.  Mr Trump told the paper, however, that his Twitter insults were simply part of his game plan. “You’ll see that a lot with me,” he said about combative tweets. “And then all of the sudden somebody’s my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.” The president said he approved of North Korea’s participation in next month’s Olympic Games, and acknowledged that Pyongyang may be trying to separate Washington and Seoul.  Donald Trump approval rating tracker “If I were them, I would try,” he said. “The difference is I’m president, other people aren’t. And I know more about wedges than any human being that’s lived.” Mr Trump also announced for the first time that Mexico could pay for the border wall through negotiations to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement. “They can pay for it indirectly through Nafta,” he said. “We make a good deal on Nafta, and, say, I’m going to take a small percentage of that money and it’s going toward the wall. Guess what? Mexico’s paying.” 

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