President Donald Trump denied on Friday that he called some nations “shithole countries” during a bipartisan meeting to discuss a deal on immigrants known as Dreamers.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!” Trump’s tweet said.
Raj Shah, the spokesperson for the White House, said the president “is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society” but didn’t deny the offensive comment made on Thursday.
That same day, Trump rejected a bipartisan proposal for a compromise immigration deal to protect the hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation. At the same time, he increased border security, making the comment.
“Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” he supposedly told senators in the Oval Office.
Trump had previously posted several other tweets regarding his immigration policies, saying that the bipartisan DACA deal was “a big step backward.”
“Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and the USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime…,” one of his tweets read.
He further said that he wanted a merit-based system of immigration so that only people “who will help take our country to the next level” could be allowed to enter the U.S.
“I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund…,” he continued. “Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA. Take care of our Military, and our Country, FIRST!” he said, according to a CNN report.
The president’s tweets clearly show that he is only willing to accept a specific type of individuals in exchange for a DACA deal and is adamant that a significantly more substantial border investment be made than what Democrats are proposing.