Texas evangelical megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress defended President Trump’s reported remark referring to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries,” saying in a statement that the president got the “sentiment” right.
Jeffress, who oversees The First Baptist Church in Dallas and serves as Trump’s religious adviser, said on Friday that the president was “right on target” when he questioned why the U.S. accepts immigrants from “shithole countries” during a bipartisan meeting Thursday with lawmakers on immigration reform.
“President Trump is right on target in his sentiment,” Jeffress told CBN News. “As commander-in-chief, President Trump has a responsibility to place the interests of our nation above the needs of other countries.”
Trump’s remarks sparked a wave of bipartisan criticism across Capitol Hill, and an initial statement from the White House Thursday night did not deny the comments, saying only that Trump would continue to “fight” for Americans while other lawmakers fought for “foreign countries.”
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said.