A former world leader criticized President Donald Trump’s decision on Thursday to reportedly refer to Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as “shithole countries.”
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox — a frequent critic of Trump, particularly when it comes to immigration policy — said the U.S. president’s mouth was “the foulest shithole in the world.”
Trump had reportedly grown frustrated during a bipartisan meeting on immigration at the White House on Thursday and asked, “why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Some of the lawmakers at the meeting had been insistent that access to the U.S. for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and certain African countries be included in any immigration deal. Trump said they should be trying to get more immigrants from places like Norway or Asian countries.
Fox tore into Trump on Twitter Thursday night for his comments.
“@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world,” Fox tweeted. “With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?”
.@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 11, 2018
Fox was referring to the Trump family’s immigration — before Trump’s birth — to the U.S. from Germany.
During the meeting, Trump reportedly singled out Haiti as a country that should be left out of the immigration bill and attacked immigrants from that country.
“Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump said. “Take them out.”
When asked by the Washington Post about the president’s comments, White House spokesperson Raj Shah did not deny that Trump made the disparaging remarks.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” Shah said. “President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”