Local legislators and other elected officials are responding to comments allegedly made by President Trump in a meeting about immigration at the White House this week.
Multiple people present at the meeting said, while discussing immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, the president asked, “Why are we having all these people from sh**hole countries come here?”
The president then wondered why the U.S. should admit them instead of people from Norway.
Rep. David Valadao (R) released a statement Friday saying: “The President’s remarks have no place in policy debate and I am very disappointed he chose to use the words he did. Reforming our nation’s immigration system is a very serious undertaking — one that deserves respect and empathy from those involved. We must remain focused on achieving a solution for those impacted by the decisions lawmakers in Washington make.”
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (D) confirmed the president used the phrase while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) issued a statement that did not deny the president made those remarks.
Multiple outlets also report Bakersfield congressman and House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) was at the meeting where the president allegedly made the inflammatory comments.
17 News reached out to McCarthy’s office Friday by phone, text and email. McCarthy’s office only confirmed McCarthy was not in Bakersfield Friday, and did not comment on Trump’s vulgar remarks.