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President Donald Trump, center, is shown here with Sen. Ron Johnson, right, in a July announcement at the White House. On Friday, Johnson said Trump should apologize for protesting the admission of immigrants from what Trump described as "shithole countries" into the U.S.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said President Donald Trump should apologize for protesting the admission of what the president reportedly described as “people from shithole countries” into the U.S., during a discussion with lawmakers about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

The remark was “totally inappropriate,” Johnson said, according to a transcript provided by his office of an interview with Wisconsin Public Television.

He joined the growing chorus of Republican members of Congress criticizing Trump, including U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, who called the remarks “very unfortunate, unhelpful.”

Trump’s remarks reportedly came in response to a bipartisan immigration proposal from Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Trump said in a Twitter post Friday that “the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, said: “The best thing he can do is just admit it and apologize for it and move on.”

“You have a certain responsibility, a certain decorum you have to conduct yourself in public with,” Johnson said. “You have children watching. You have nations watching.”

Johnson has tried to preserve a delicate balance between supporting Trump and periodically criticizing his most controversial statements. He rebuked Trump after the 2016 release of the “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump bragged about grabbing women in the genitals, and after Trump attacked a Mexican-American judge, Gonzalo Curiel.

Other Republican senators also criticized Trump, including Sen. Jeff Flake, of Arizona, who called the president’s remarks “abhorrent and repulsive,” and Rep. Mike Simpson, of Idaho, who called them “stupid and irresponsible and childish.” Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, called them “inappropriate and out of bounds” and said they could hurt efforts for a bipartisan immigration agreement.

Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Trump’s comments were “completely unacceptable,” telling WPLG-TV in Miami that “if that’s not racism, I don’t know how you can define it.”

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, of Madison, said on Twitter that “the President’s comments from the Oval Office are sickening, hateful and divisive.

“He should take responsibility for them,” Baldwin wrote.

Also Friday, state Democratic Party chairwoman Martha Laning responded to Fox News commentator Jesse Watters, who defended Trump’s comments by saying he reflected how people in Wisconsin talk in bars.

“While enjoying snowmobiling, I’ve stopped at many bars to warm up and get something to eat and I’ve never heard anyone speak in the way Fox News claims,” Laning said.

She also called on Gov. Scott Walker and Ryan to denounce Trump and defend Wisconsin in the wake of Watters’ remarks. Walker has not commented.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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awol2009

In light of Trumplethinskin's limited world knowledge and vocabulary, a fact check came out showing few Norwegian people care to immigrate to the US. However, a very high number of US citizens have chosen to immigrate to Norway since tRump was elected. Norway was recently voted as one the top "happiest" countries to live, for many obvious reasons. More Americans want to leave because of our $hithole fake *POTUS. We're a renowned $hithole country by the rest of the world because of our $hitforbrains $hittymouthed *POTUS.
The facts are here: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/national/the-sh-hole-index-norway-v-united-states-which-ranks/article_22f10d8c-07b4-5e2d-8fcc-4295cb91d5ae.html

A Veteran

awol --Do not let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out!!!

awol2009

I never said I'm leaving, just showing proof of why tRump is an illiterate, unqualified, moron. He stated we should get more immigrants from countries like Norway. They don't want to come here. I love my country as some of my ancestors have been here since the 1600's, others did come from Norway in 1860's. Your remark shows your lack of comprehensive reading skills and your a$$-hat attitude.

Cassandra

The "vet" is just angry that anyone would want to leave for someplace better.

Cassandra

Or point out that the US really ISN'T number one.

Jobaba

And perhaps we should take a closer look at the First Lady. Another immigrant here to steal American speeches. Raised as a commie for 22 years in a sh*t-hole country that afforded no opportunity for advancement. Why do we need people like that over here? And what is the first thing she does as First Lady? Yepper, she plagiarizes a real First Lady's speech.

Nastysmell

Jobaba, whatever you are, you just insulted another man's wife!
Not a really smart thing to do. So, what sh$thole did you come from?

Jobaba

You cannot insult with the truth.

awol2009

Your screen name 'kinda matches that of a tRump supporter💩💩💩 ugh, a nasty smell, stinking up our country with tRump turning it into a 💩hole.

Jobaba

Perhaps people should look up both the Irish and the Norwegian exodus to America. Both were not wanted. Oh boo hoo, their families were starving because both countries were sh*te-holes. Can you imagine trump supporters back then? Millions came to steal American jobs and suck up welfare. trump should resign. Or just leave the White House and never return.

Nastysmell

The difference is that the Norwegians and Irish learned to speak English very well and worked hard to establish a presence in a time when there was no welfare, food programs, or affirmative action, or any other government giveaways. No help for the poor then! Very difficult times. Does the term "work" have any meaning in this modern age?

Jobaba

Took over generation. There was some welfare. and you are making excuses.

kingman10

oh you are nasty. Same old right wing b.s. about the welfare state and how being poor is despicable and should be illegal. Spoken by someone who I bet had many advantages in life. Start with your corporate welfare and the millions given to profitable companies by the government. don't hear a word about that from ya. And yes back then there was opportunities, like homesteading. And yes "work" has meaning in this modern age, ever hear of the working poor? Let's hear you bastardize them too.

Hey19

How come the Tribune can use "sh*thole" in headline, and readers have used it in their comments here....

But when I try to use the word cr*p, I get censored?

Too funny. Who is in the nets today, playing gatekeeper?

Cassandra

They own the website, they set the rules. Don't like it? Start your own newspaper.

Buggs Raplin

Cassie, how you surviving the cold with no fossil fuels or coal produced electricity. Candles?

Cassandra

Did you see the article I posted about the rapid drop in price per kWh due to wind generation. More facts for you to deny.
BTW, we're STILL waiting for you to post a SINGLE link to a photo to back up your lie about the Vegas Strip being "raked by gunfire."

Cassandra

Crickets.

Nastysmell

Guess where a lot of your spam comes from, one of the sh*thole's, Nigeria.
Do you really believe that a Nigeria bank is going to send you 10 million? Or the FBI either?
I think you could buy Nigeria for 10 million (if you wanted it).
And how are you doing with the Somali immigration process Minnesota, seems like that is going well (for ISIS). Look up Somali pirates and government.
Just remember, life is cheap overseas, cheaper than here anyway.

Buggs Raplin

Much ado about nothing. Some countries ARE shitholes. The liberals, of course, will construe Trump's comments as racist. But then everything is racist to the liberal mind.

Tim Russell

Murdoch and the Republicans have now put out a story about tRump paying off an " adult films" star so as to try and change the discussion.

Cassandra

How's life in Moscow, comrade?

Buggs Raplin

Cassie, was that you I saw riding your bike to the grocery store in sub-zero temps? If so, you're quite an example for all the other global warming hypocrites depending on fossil fuels to keep them alive, whilst they demonize them. All hail Cassie. She's out to save the planet. She's solarized her house, given up her car; said "no" to electricity, and 'yes' to candles. What an example for the religionists espousing human-caused global warming. I wish they all would follow Cassie's example. After all, we need to 'save the planet.'

Cassandra

How's life in the buggy whip factory, Chippy? As a dinosaur, you'll make a fine fossil fuel one day.

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

You know what's not a sh/thole? My stock portfolio.

Thanks President Trump.

awol2009

You should be thanking Obama, SnowBlob,his administration set the tone for our current mini-boom, after Mr. $hitforbrains Bush trashed it. trump will turn it into a $hitpile soon. Click here:🐂💩🐂💩

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Go figure....trib-libs are more upset about Trump calling Haiti a sh/thole, than they were about Hillary Clinton turning it into one.

CLICK HERE: Reminder - Haiti is a sh/thole country because Hillary stole all the relief money to pay for her donkey-child's wedding

Clarification

You Trump defenders have a $hithole between your ears.

awol2009

Lindsey Graham was in the meeting and heard tRump's unstatesmanlike comment about the "$hithole" countries. He confirmed this today and condemned tRump for this idiocy. During tRump's annual physical today, they found his brain while conducting his prostate exam. The diagnosis was confirmed that tRump is a $hitforbrains $hithole. Most of us knew that though, we now have official confirmation.

Asiseeit

hey Johnson, you should resign for backing this guy.

Rick Czeczok

I wasn't in the meeting nor were either one of those two. Find out what actually was said, and what the context was before spouting off.
If he said it in the context they say or of he actually said it at all, then I agree he should apologize. First off this was a private meeting, those are off the record meeting normally. I doubt Trump will invite many of those people back into private meetings with him. Democrats take any chance they can get to put this administration down, why don't they get an agenda to talk about instead.

Tim Russell

I think the democrats have tried to talk about the pitfalls of foreign influence on our elections but the other tribe has chosen to dismiss the problem even to the point of making counter claims. It is a big ring deal. The Founding Fathers were absolutely very worried about that very problem.
I understand that foreigners have attempted to influence our elections for ages. I remember the Chinese money for Gore as well as the tainted Chamber of Commerce funding of Romney's campaign. I do not understand why everyone of us should not be concerned with the Russians attempts in the last election it regardless if they were in any way responsible for the outcome.
The Republicans should be very worried about Americans not accepting that any of it was ok.

Buggs Raplin

Tim, any proof of Russians influencing the 2016 election? None to my knowledge. Any proof of the Russians colluding with Obama/Hillary on Uranium One? I think there's a lot.

Tim Russell

Yea, I can see how the murdering thug Putin would play both sides. I know you guys keep saying no evidence exists regarding coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian mobsters regardless of the 30+ confirmed contacts. Even if only 10% were nefarious, it is still a big fing deal.
And as long as the Republicans continue to deny anything every happened they will not be the one that rejects foreign influence in our elections in the future.

kingman10

your knowledge is twisted and very limited. You certainly are no authority to say what is proof and what is not. Your ramblings are consistent with a conspiracy laced demented mind brainwashed by the alt-right media.

stopit1

Senator Johnson, your comments that POTUS should apologize falls far short of what needs to be done. His comments need to be condemned. It appears that the republican party wants to stand with racism, anti-feminism and hatred.

Buggs Raplin

Typical liberal hypocrisy in 'stopit's world of political correctness, where all his/her opponents are racists, or anti-feminists...then there's Weinstein, a big supporter of Democrats, including Hillary.

Cassandra

I wonder how the good Senator feels about Trump paying hush money to a pron star to cover up his extramarital affair.

A Veteran

cassy There you go lying again this has been denied by the pron star by Trump and by the lawyer who was named to have paid the money.I f you have prove of this please share or admit that you are a LIAR!!!!!

Tim Russell

That's what people who sign NDAs are supposed to do. Gannon says there are at least 99 more NDAs out there.

Cassandra

Deny the facts, "vet".

Cassandra

Spanked with a copy of Forbes magazine. Very presidential.

NavyVet

Dear Ron, I have been to those countries. They are shitholes. That’s why we have an illegal alien problem

Tim Russell

Alabama and Mississippi are shitholes too. And they are in our country.

El Duderino

Ol’ Ronnie J with the PC sound byte trying to pander to...whom, I wonder?

Diane Feinstein chalked up erroneously releasing information on the GPS Fusion dossier fiasco to not thinking clearly due to a head cold the other day...or was it too much NyQuil?

Nancy Pelosi, if I could make out her usual jumbled-up, marble-mouthed “words”, made a snide remark about a bi-partisan group of five white males working on DACA. One of the dems, naturally, was quick to point out how insulted he felt. She’s bent out of shape that there isn’t a minority and a female in the group...She questioned if they were going to open a hamburger stand (a reference to a chain called Five Guys, I later learned when a talking head translated her slurred blathering for me). If anyone is due for a cognitive exam, I nominate mumbling Nancy..

Maybe Trump could blame anxiety over his looming medical exam on his “$/ithole” comment and subsequent amnesia? If you’ve drank the prep for a colonoscopy, you’d know it’s anxiety, and everything else possibly within you, inducing.

We certainly have a cast of cartoon characters, on both sides, steering this applecart.

God help us!

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