Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Friday said President Trump should “respect” that immigrants “from everywhere have made America great,” a reference to Trump’s campaign motto “make America great again.”
McCain was responding to Trump’s reported remarks that Haiti, El Salvador and other African nations are “shithole countries” during a private meeting with lawmakers to discuss a possible deal on immigration policy.
“Respect for the God-given dignity of every human being, no matter their race, ethnicity or other circumstances of their birth, is the essence of American patriotism,” McCain said in a statement.
“To believe otherwise is to oppose the very idea of America,” he continued. “People have come to this country from everywhere, and people from everywhere have made America great. Our immigration policy should reflect that truth, and our elected officials, including our President, should respect it.”