One Republican congresswoman is demanding that President Donald Trump apologize for describing Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries."
Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), who made history in 2014 as the first Haitian-American woman elected to Congress, released a statement on Thursday responding to reports that Trump insulted multiple countries during negotiations on restoring federal protections for some immigrants.
When lawmakers at the Oval Office meeting proposed granting visas to individuals from Haiti, El Salvador and a range of African nations, Trump reportedly said, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
He followed his comment by suggesting that the U.S. "should have more people from places like Norway," sources told NBC News.
Love said the president's remarks were "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values."
The congresswoman, one of the few Republican lawmakers who called out Trump, continued:
This wasn't the first time Love stood up for Haitian immigrants. In November, she said she disagreed with the Trump administration's decision to end the temporary protected status granted to Haitians who had fled their country after a devastating earthquake in 2010.
"I'm going to do everything I can to work with the administration, but this is a place where we disagree, really disagree," Love told a Utah radio show, according to the Deseret News.
She added, "There is going to be a full-court press on the president on this issue because this is a bad decision."
Two Florida Republicans joined Love on Thursday in condemning the president's ugly comments.
"The president calling #Haiti a 'shithole country' ignores the contributions thousands of Haitians have made to our #SoFla community and nation," Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tweeted. "Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House."
Rep. Carlos Curbelo also stood up for immigrants under temporary protected status, saying that "under no circumstances is it acceptable to degrade, denigrate or dehumanize" them.