Legislation to do this would change the rules on immigration, allocating a larger share of green cards to people who qualify on the basis of education and skills and fewer to foreign relatives of United States citizens and residents.
When asked about whether Mr Trump made the comments, White House spokesman Raj Shah neither confirmed nor denied the remarks. Soon after the story began spreading on social media, NBC News began floating similar accounts (with similar language) from the Oval Office immigration meeting. Trump said, according to people briefed on the meeting who spoke with The Washington Post.
It was the discussion about this provision that led to Trump's comments.
Meanwhile, former Never Trumper and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson wondered why the president would want to invite in "Norwegian socialists with no special love of America into the country". In November, he called Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" in front of a group of Native American veterans. I am a proud immigrant, refugee, Minnesotan and a proud State Legislator.
The statement, however, did spark immediate criticism, including from members of the president's own party. Polling indicates approval of the US and its president have fallen catastrophically over the past year among citizens of other nations, and a building consensus holds that China is seizing the mantle of world leader.
"Haiti had sent 15,000 people".
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, meanwhile, said he would like a "more detailed explanation" of Trump's comments.
"Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin", Hatch added.
In November, the DHS announced it would end TPS for almost 59,000 Haitian immigrants after they were allowed to stay in the U.S. following a massive quake in their home country that killed at least 100,000 people in 2010. Not all of them, mind you; some of them, he assumed, were good people.
The President at times suggested he would be looking to sign everything from a stand-alone fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - set to expire in March - to comprehensive immigration reform, often appearing to being guided by lawmakers in the room to modify his positions. "They should be welcomed and celebrated, not demeaned and insulted".
The program was continuously extended by Presidents Bush and Barack Obama until the Trump administration announced this week that it would give Salvadorans 18 months to figure out what to do.
When Donald Trump ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), the Obama-era programme that has allowed almost 800,000 Dreamers to work and go to school in the U.S. without fear of deportation, he gave politicians a six-month deadline to resolve the issue. "That's the American Dream".