When Trump asked the now-infamous question, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” he had no idea that he already knew the answer.
Trump allegedly uttered the expletive-laced question in a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform last week.
Turns out Trump need look no farther than his second home for the answer. A labor report flagged by CNBC reveals that the majority of the staff at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago hail from Haiti, one of the more prominent “shithole countries” by Trump’s account.
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According to the report by The New Yorker, the Palm Beach resort’s 64 guest workers come mostly from two places: Romania and Haiti.
During an Oval Office meeting in which lawmakers discussed restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa, Trump lashed out at the prospect of enacting legislation for those who come from “shithole countries.”
Trump uttered quote during a meeting with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), as well as those with more hardline immigration stances, including Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), among others.
Adding insult to injury, Trump then went so far as to suggest that the United States should welcome people who come from countries like Norway. Trump met with the Norwegian Prime Minister yesterday. The difference, of course, is that Norwegians are overwhelmingly caucasian, whereas those from Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa are not.
Trump’s remark comes on the heels of his administration’s decision to end protections for more than 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States. The move jeopardizes an entire subset of people who have been living in the country for 15 years.
Trump doesn’t seem to realize that he’s part of the problem only he seems to be identifying. He doesn’t seem to be able to put two and two together that without these immigrants, his whole empire would crumble.