GOP strategist Ana Navarro blasted President Trump on Thursday over his reported comments referring to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, saying “Trump has turned the Oval Office into a shithole.”
“It tells you just how shamelessly racist he is,” Navarro said. “This is not something he’s saying in the dark of night. This is not something that he’s thinking in his head.”
“Let me tell you, you know why he doesn’t like the visa lottery?” Navarro asked. “Because it’s the way Africans come here. You know why he doesn’t like TPS, temporary protected status? Because right now it covers Haitians, it covers Salvadorans. You know what Haitians and Salvadorans have in common? They are in completely different parts of the world … [but] they are black. They are black.”
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“Donald Trump has shown us his dark heart, has shown us his racism,” Navarro continued. “I am as desperate as anyone for there to be a [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] deal, for there to be a deal on Dreamers. But we cannot normalize the fact that Donald Trump has turned the Oval Office into a shithole — into a morally bankrupt place where there are lies and division and racism that comes out every single day.”
Navarro’s comments come after similar remarks from CNN host Anderson Cooper, who called Trump’s remarks “racist.”
“Let’s not kid ourselves. Let’s not pretend or dance around it,” Cooper said during his show’s monologue Thursday. “The sentiment the president expressed today is a racist sentiment.”
The Hill added:
Trump faced heavy, bipartisan criticism for the remarks, reportedly made Thursday during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.
The White House issued a statement to The Washington Post following the newspaper’s report of the comments and did not deny Trump’s use of the term “shithole.”
“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.