Trump's 'Shithole' Remark Causes an Uproar

He's being condemned from Haiti to Norway
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2018 5:33 AM CST
Updated Jan 12, 2018 6:21 AM CST
President Trump speaks during a news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – President Trump's remark about immigrants from "shithole countries" has caused a massive uproar—even by Trump standards. His comments, made during discussion of Temporary Protected Status in a bipartisan meeting on an immigration deal, are being condemned by lawmakers from both parties, the BBC reports. The comment also caused outrage in countries including Haiti, one of the nations he deemed to be a "shithole," and Norway, one of the countries from which he would like to take in more people. A roundup of coverage:

  • Lawmakers alarmed. The lawmakers present at the meeting were "alarmed and mystified" by Trump's outburst, though none of them commented publicly, the New York Times reports. But many other lawmakers spoke out to condemn the remarks, including Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who called it "the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy."

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