US President Donald Trump has reportedly lashed out at immigrants in a foul-mouthed Oval Office outburst.
Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? Mr Trump told lawmakers on Thursday, according to the Washington Post.
The remark was reportedly in reference to people from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
The White House did not deny the comment, which was widely reported by other US media.
Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people, a statement from White House spokesman Raj Shah said.
It continued: Like other countries that have merit-based immigration, 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.
He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that