Trump doesn't want people from 's**thole countries' coming to the US

Donald Trump has reportedly lashed out at immigrants from "shithole countries" - and the White House isn't denying it.

The US President was meeting with lawmakers in the White House's Oval Office on Thursday (local time) when he made the stunning remarks, reports the Washington Post.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Mr Trump said, two people at the meeting told the paper.

Mr Trump then suggested accepting more immigrants from countries like Norway, they said. Mr Trump had met the Norwegian Prime Minister the day before.

It is believed Mr Trump was referring to Haiti and El Salvador, as well as African nations.

The White House has not denied his comments.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people," a spokesman told NBC News.

"He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hard-working Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway."

These latest reported comments from Mr Trump echo previous crude statements he's been credited with, including that Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS" and that Nigerians live in "huts".

Mr Trump has previously accused the Washington Post of reporting "fake news".

His administration has spent much of its first year trying to reduce immigration into the US. A proposed wall along the southern border with Mexico is still in the planning stages.