'Thanks, but no thanks': Norwegians reject Trump's immigration offer

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Trump denied on Friday using such derogatory language, but he was widely condemned in many African countries and in Haiti and El Salvador, and by global rights organisations.

On Friday, Trump seemingly denied using the widely reported offensive language.

An emotional Sunny Hostin on "The View" Friday, noting that her husband's family is from Haiti, said she's always resisted labeling Trump because she couldn't look into his heart.

Trump said, after lawmakers discussed restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.

President Donald Trump has reportedly expressed frustration at the United States' immigration policy, asking a White House gathering of politicians why the USA accepted people from "s-- countries" and couldn't have more people from countries like Norway. Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed the allegations.

FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2018.

Trump on Thursday questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.

Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, protecting them from deportation following the 2010 natural disaster, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.

"These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the UNited states".

In 2015, there were 676,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, up from 587,000 in 2010, accounting for less than 2 percent of the US foreign-born population, according to the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. "They're shithole countries. We should have more people from Norway", according to one source briefed on the conversation. Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren asked, "If they aren't s***hole countries, why don't their citizens stay there?" "Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but ´racist´", Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.

"The president erupted several times with questions and, in the course of his comments, said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", the senator told reporters.

Others condemned the USA president's comments as inappropriate or racist. "We need to continue to work for a bipartisan solution to this problem and not be distracted by name calling and finger pointing". The president made the remarks on Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers and suggested immigrants from Norway would be preferable.

The alleged comments came during a DACA meeting on Thursday. Sen. The deal was a nonstarter for conservative senators at the meeting and also for Trump. His office did not respond to calls for comment made Friday.

An immigration hard-liner in Congress, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, tweeted support for Trump's remarks Friday: "If those countries aren't as you described, Democrats should be happy to deport criminal aliens back to them".

"We're not going to take it from Mr. Trump". It's not how a president should behave.

Graham has not said whether Durbin's comments were accurate. There is a lot of trite rambling about how the president isn't really reflecting American values when, in fact, he is reflecting the values of many Americans. "If they don't, for goodness' sake, give us a vote".

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