HIS OWN MEDICINE: Trump hotel a ‘****hole’
AN expletive US President Donald Trump reportedly used in a White House meeting about immigration has been projected onto the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.
Footage posted on Twitter appears to show the word "This Place is a ****hole" projected on the outer wall of the hotel around and above the main entrance.
Poop emojis accompany the words on the hotel in downtown Washington along with an arrow that points to the establishment's doorway, the Washington Post reported.
The Hill reported the words "Pay Trump bribes here" "emoluments welcome," and "we are all responsible to stand up and end white supremacy" were also projected onto the building.
The footage appeared on the Twitter account of Robin Bell, who has projected words critical of President Trump onto his hotel.
Bell, whose Twitter account says he 'is an award-winning editor, video journalist, and multimedia artist based in Washington DC,' was described by the Washington Post as "a kind of projectionist provocateur" and a "hit-and-run editorial writer"
The 'protest' is in reference to comments Mr Trump allegedly made during a White Oval meeting earlier this week.
Fury followed a New York Daily News front page which claimed President Trump blew up during the Oval Office meeting on immigration, asking, "Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?" in reference to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Former CIA Director John Brennan said Lady Liberty was "weeping" over the President's "atrocious" comment, denouncing the commander-in-chief as a "deeply flawed person".
Late Night host Seth Meyers walked off set in despair at the news and Jimmy Kimmel was blunt: "We voted for a racist."
CNN's Anderson Cooper said Mr Trump's comment was, "Not racial. Not racially charged. Racist. ... The sentiment the President expressed today is a racist sentiment."
Republican Senator James Lankford said in a statement: "If these comments are accurate, they are disappointing. I would not talk about nations like this, because I believe the people of those countries are made in the image of God and have worth and human dignity."
Mark Harris from culture website Vulture added: "I'm looking at the word "S***HOLE" on many different channels right now. Is America great again yet?"
And MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace tore into the President: "This is so abnormal. This is a freak show," she said. "Donald Trump disgraced the country if what is reported out of this meeting is true."
The President reportedly made the comment after becoming frustrated during a discussion on restoring certain countries to the Temporary Protected Status program in exchange for $US1.5 billion border wall funding and a reduction in the visa lottery scheme.
He suggested the United States should instead encourage immigrants from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met this week.
Attendees were taken aback by his vulgar wording, according to two people briefed on the meeting who spoke to the Post.
The White House did not deny the President made the remark. Spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement: "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people.
"He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway."
El Salvador's protected status, initiated in response to the devastating 2001 earthquake, was removed this week, effective from September 2019.
Around 200,000 Salvadorans - most of whom have been US residents for a decade or more - will lose their right to stay in the country. Many have children who were born in the States and have US citizenship.
Those in favour of the move argue the TPS program was never intended to provide long-term residency.
Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Durbin proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 per cent and prioritising countries already in the system, a White House official said.
Mr Trump was reportedly open to deal but changed his position by the time of the meeting.
Presidential aide Marc Short said the White House was nowhere near a bipartisan deal on immigration. "We still think we can get there," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.