Republicans like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) have said they do not recall President Donald Trump referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries” during a bipartisan immigration debate last Thursday. Some, such as National Review editor Rich Lowry, are reporting that Cotton is hiding behind semantics — that he said “shithouse,” not “shithole.”
Appearing on New Day, GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) told host Chris Cuomo that he doesn’t particularly care. Either way, the president was out of line.
“Certainly something derogatory, something that dehumanized people was said,” Curbelo said. “And that’s a shame.”
The Florida congressman went in on Trump for throwing a wrench into the immigration debate, and making it more difficult for Republicans and Democrats to strike a deal.
“[W]e should look at immigrants by what they can contribute not what country they come from,” Curbelo said. This is what the president and a lot of people around them say they want, a system that does not focus on where people come from but who they are and what they have to contribute. So this is a shame. It was a setback.”
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