Elected officials issued statements, took to social media, and appeared on cable news to slam the president's remarks.
In an Oval Office meeting at the White House Thursday, Trump grew frustrated at a proposed bipartisan immigration plan that would scale back the visa lottery program, but not eliminate it, asking those in the room why they would want people from Haiti, Africa and other "s---hole countries" coming into the U.S., according to multiple sources either briefed on or familiar with the discussion.
The White House did not deny that the president made these remarks. Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah issued this statement to ABC News:
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people. The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration – two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country. 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. He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway.”
Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, said in a statement. "If these comments are accurate, they are disappointing. I would not talk about nations like this, because I believe the people of those countries are made in the image of God and have worth and human dignity. The United States should lead the world in respect for all people."
Below, others who took to Twitter to express their disdain for the president's remarks:
SEN. JEFF FLAKE, R-ARIZONA
REP. MIA LOVE, R-UTAH
DEMOCRATIC LEADER NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIFORNIA
REP. TED LIEU, D-CALIFORNIA
REP LUIS GUTIERREZ, D-ILLINOIS
REP. GRACE MENG, D-NEW YORK
REP. ROBIN KELLY, D-ILLINOIS
SEN. MARTIN HEINRICH, D-NEW MEXICO
SEN. CORY BOOKER, D-NEW JERSEY
REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS, D-MARYLAND
REP. JOE KENNEDY III, D-MASSACHUSETTS
REP. FRANK PALLONE, D-NEW JERSEY
REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT, D-NEW YORK
SEN. BEN CARDIN, D-MARYLAND
FORMER FIRST DAUGHTER CHELSEA CLINTON, DEMOCRAT
FORMER MEXICAN PRESIDENT VICENTE FOX QUESADA
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP)