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Cecilia Vega Grills Sarah Sanders on Trump Preferring Immigrants From Norway: ‘That’s About Race!’

After a VERY lengthy question-and-answer session with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson — who conducted President Donald Trump’s annual physical — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took a few questions from reporters. And it quickly grew tense as she was pressed on Trump’s recently reported “shithole countries” remark, and his desire to see more immigrants from Norway.

“Does a good deal include preferring white immigrants from Norway than black and brown immigrants from Haiti?” ABC’s Cecilia Vega asked the press secretary.

Sanders responded “not at all” while claiming that a merit-based system is “color blind.” She added that it isn’t based on race or country of origin but whether or not an immigrant will contribute to society.

“But he did he mention country of origin,” Vega shot back. “The fact is, the countries that he mentioned, one is very white and the others are very not white. That’s about race!”

“No. It is a merit-based system,” Sanders replied. “You cannot argue with the priority that he has laid out and what that looks like and how it levels the playing field and is the opposite of what you’re suggesting.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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