Donald Trump has hit out in frustration at immigrants coming to the U.S., during a meeting with bipartisan senators on immigration protections.
The President lashed out when politicians suggested reinstating protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan deal, according to the Washington Post.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Mr Trump asked during a meeting with lawmakers.
It was reported he then suggested the U.S. bring more people from countries like Norway.
Mr Trump made the comments after Democratic Senator Richard Durbin told him a lottery for visas would end under the proposal and in exchange people from African countries that benefitted from the lottery would be given access to other visas.
The White House did deny Mr Trump’s comments.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.
“Like other countries 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.”
Democrats and Republicans have condemned Mr Trump for the comments.
Republican U.S. Representative Mia Love, who is a daughter of Haitian immigrants said the comments were “unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation’s values.”
She has called for Mr Trump to apologise for his comments.
Cuban born Republican Representative Ilena Ros-Lehtinen whose south Florida district is populated with many Haitian immigrants also criticised the president’s comments.
“Language like that shouldn’t be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn’t be heard in the White House,” she said.