Trump derides protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries

Trump derides protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries, by Josh Dawsey.

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.

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.

Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. “Take them out.” …

Trump is challenging that most basic of PC fantasies, that the statistical properties of all groups of people are the same. They aren’t, but the PC crew have suppressed that obvious fact for so long that it comes as a real thunderclap when a public figure says it. Typically, it was Trump, in the pursuit of making America great again.

The PC mob will come down on him hard on this one, for this is a battle they can ill afford to lose.

Lawmakers were taken aback by the comments, according to people familiar with their reactions. …

The president’s remarks were quickly met with scorn from Demo­crats and some Republicans and could throw another wrench into bipartisan discussions on immigration, which had shown promise in recent days, according to legislators. …

“Democrats and Republicans in the Senate made a proposal. The answer is this racist outburst of the president. How can you take him seriously?” Gutiérrez said. “They [Republicans] don’t believe in immigration — it’s always been about people of color and keeping them out of this country.” …

Alix Desulme, a city council member in North Miami, home to thousands of Haitian Americans, said the president’s latest remarks were “disgusting.”

“Oh, my God. Oh, my God Jesus,” Desulme said. “I don’t know how much worse it can get.” …

Trump’s critics also said racially incendiary language could damage relationships with foreign allies. …

The exchange was “salty” on all sides, this person said, with the president growing profane and animated while discussing immigrants from other countries. “It did not go well,” this person said. …

But on the other hand, people not ensconced in the PC fantasy world seem to prefer merit-based immigration:

For many of Trump’s supporters, however, the comments may not prove to be particularly damaging. …

“He’s trying to win me back,” conservative author Ann Coulter, who has called for harsh limits on immigration, wrote on Twitter. …

Spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement issued after The Washington Post first reported Trump’s remarks. “Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, 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.”