Lawmakers from both parties joined opinion leaders around the world in condemning remarks made by President Trump during a meeting earlier this week on immigration, in which he referred to "shithole countries" in Africa and questioned why the US would want to accept immigrants from countries such as Haiti and El Salvador.
The comments shocked some lawmakers present, according to the Washington Post.
He then suggested the United States should take in more people from countries like Norway, according to the Washington Post. "They reinforce abhorrent racist attitudes, and evidence of the lack of knowledge, understanding, and empathy we expect of the person who occupies the highest office in the land".
"Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and U.S. would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", Trump tweeted. Thursday's meeting came one day after Trump met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House.
The comments left lawmakers taken aback, according to people familiar with their reactions.
President Donald Trump caused outrage Thursday afternoon by calling various third world countries "shitholes" in a meeting with lawmakers at the White House. Another White House source explained the language Trump used as his way of trying to emphasize his support for a merit-based immigration system.
Both the Washington Post and The New York Times reported that Mr Trump's "s***hole countries" comment came in reference to Haiti and African countries. If anything, it was a good public relations move for the Trump White, which has been barraged with allegations that the president is unstable. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security have also increased immigration raids, including dozens earlier this week at convenience stores across the country.
Democrats condemned the remark, along with at least one Republican.
"Immigrants are the backbone of this nation, and this state", she said.
"Do you know what strength it takes to survive on rainwater buried under concrete? They [Republicans] don't believe in immigration - it's always been about people of color and keeping them out of this country", Gutierrez said.
The Washington Post first reported the news, citing two people briefed on the meeting.
Rep. Mia Love, a Utah Republican whose family comes from Haiti, called on the president to apologize for his "divisive" and "elitist" comments. "This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation".
"The people of Haiti have been through more..." "I do not think this way, nor do I agree with this kind of sentiment". In announcing his candidacy for the presidency, he accused Mexico of sending criminals to the United States.