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President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Washington. Trump on Thursday pushed the House to renew a critical national security program that allows spy agencies to collect intelligence on foreign targets abroad. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Washington Post reported late Thursday that President Donald Trump expressed frustration with lawmakers after they proposed implementing immigration protections for those from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
The decision came as part of a bipartisan group’s immigration deal.
“What do we want Haitians here for?” the president asked, according to the people briefed. “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Why do we want all these people from s—hole countries?”
Trump then suggested that the U.S. bring more people from countries like Norway.
Trump refuted the comments in a tweet Friday morning.
The comments inspired a fury of responses from politicians, public figures and celebrities.
The White House defended Trump in a statement.
Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, both responded. Love said she hoped Trump would apologize for his comments, according to the Deseret News.