President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting.Some reactions.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.
Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt they help the United States economically.
Locally, the P-G ran with the AP story - which included this opening paragraph:
President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. should permit more immigrants from “shithole countries” after senators discussed revamping rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, according to three people briefed on the conversation.Though they later tweeted:
The Philadelphia Inquirer also ran with the AP story but kept Trump's commentary in the headline:Our publisher is requesting us to remove @realDonaldTrump's "vulgar language" from the lede in our @AP story about his vulgar language.— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (@PittsburghPG) January 12, 2018
Trump: Why allow immigrants from 'shithole countries'?Samson X Horne at the Trib had a reaction piece posted last night. (Note: This is an update. I hadn't found Horne's article until after I posted this morning.)
We'll keep you posted as to which Pennsylvania politicians and news sources defend Trump's racism and who denounces it.
Basically, the question here is: Which side are you (and they) on?