Veterans Erupt In Anger Over Trump’s “Sh*thole Countries” Remark [TWEETS]

In what is scarily becoming an almost weekly event, Donald Trump seems to have hit a new low point during his time in office, and people are furious when it comes to his latest faux pas.

For those that are out of the loop, sources have confirmed that during a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, Trump asked, “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” The question came when Illinois Democratic Senator  Dick Durbin was explaining to him a proposal to end the visa lottery in exchange for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for countries such as El Salvador and Haiti, to which Trump also inquired, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” The story was first reported in The Washington Post.

This isn’t the first time Trump has made derogatory remarks aimed at Haitians. The New York Times reported just before Christmas that Trump complained during a June meeting about how many visas had been given to immigrants. While reading the figures from a sheet, he claimed that Haitians “all have AIDS;” added that recent Nigerian immigrants would never “go back to their huts” in Africa once they had seen life in the USA; and that Afghanistan is a terrorist haven – all claims that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders denied at the time.

The White House has also tried to play down Trump’s latest remarks, not by denying them, but by claiming that what he said has been taken out of context.

“[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,” White House spokesperson Raj Shah said in a statement.

So, where does Trump believe those people are currently located? Countries such as Norway he believes, ironically just days after his meeting with the Norwegian prime minister. Trump would also apparently be open to more Asian refugees, too, as he believes they will help the country economically.

Naturally, a tweet-storm has ensued, particularly with immigrant veterans who feel personally insulted and marginalized by Trump’s comments:

 


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