President Donald Trump said Monday he did not discuss comments he made earlier this year about the United States accepting immigrants from "shithole" countries — such as those in Africa — with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting at the White House.
“We didn’t discuss it,“ the president said during a press conference with Buhari. “And you do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in. But we didn't discuss it because the president knows me and he knows where I'm coming from.“
A group of senators in January met with Trump in hopes of reaching a deal regarding thousands of young undocumented immigrants whose protections the president had decided to end. During a discussion of immigration from places such as Haiti and African countries, Trump asked why the U.S. wants “all these people from shithole countries?”
“We need more people from Norway,” the president said.
The White House did not deny the comments initially, but Trump later said he did not use that specific language.
Buhari said Monday that he would not comment on the remark because he was unsure of the validity of the comment.
“I'm not sure about, you know, the validity or whether that allegation against the president was true or not," he said. "So the best thing for me is to keep quiet.“