IOWA -- Iowa politicians are reacting to President Trump's reported comments regarding immigration.
On Thursday, the president allegedly made a remark about his frustration of some people who are coming to the U.S., saying, "Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?”
Iowa Congressman Steve King is one of the lawmakers now weighing in on the comments. He took to Twitter on Friday morning, saying, "Hang in there Mr. President
@realDonaldTrump. If those countries aren’t as you described, Democrats should be happy to deport criminal aliens back to them. &End #AnchorBabies, too."
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 12, 2018
Congressman Dave Loebsack also commented, and said, "Once again I am thoroughly disappointed that the president has chosen to divide people instead of work to bring our nation together. President Trump should be working to unify our country and he clearly failed."
Also joining the conversation was Senator Chuck Grassley. In a Q&A in Council Bluffs during his 99-county tour, the senator said, "My reaction is that I would not say those things and it detracts from the very important issues of DACA and border security, chain migration and diversity [visa lottery program]. We ought to keep our eye on the ball and those four things are what the ball is."
After President Trump denied making the comment on Friday, Senator Grassley said, "I wasn't there, so I know what you folks and journalists have said about it and what TV has said about it. But I think I better just say that those aren't words I would use and that I think you ought to consider all of humanity as humanity and treat them accordingly."
A spokesperson for Congressman David Young also released the following statement in response to the president's comment:
"This afternoon Congressman Young was asked about the President’s statements at a town hall meeting in Afton. He said the President’s comments were wrong and we all must be mindful and respectful of how we speak on the important issues facing our nation. He hopes the comments won’t derail finding an agreement and solution on addressing the DACA and border security issue, but that we need to continue pushing forward to not just striking a deal - but to ensure we find a solution to these problems so they do not occur again.”