Republican Rep. Mia Love (Utah), who was born to Haitian parents and is the only Haitian-American serving in Congress, on Thursday called on President Trump to apologize for those he “wantonly maligned” in his reported comments about immigrants from “shithole countries.”
Love said Trump’s comments about those from Haiti and African countries were “unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation’s values.”
“My parents came from one of those countries, took an oath of allegiance to it, and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with,” she said in a statement.
“The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned,” Love said.
Here is my statement on the President’s comments today: pic.twitter.com/EdtsFjc2zL
— Rep. Mia Love (@RepMiaLove) January 11, 2018
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said to lawmakers while discussing protections for immigrants from several countries such as Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in an Oval Office meeting Thursday with lawmakers, reports The Washington Post.
Trump reportedly suggested that the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.
The White House issued a statement on Thursday that did not deny the president’s remarks.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesperson Raj Shah said in the statement.