Trump’s latest tweets came hours before the president was slated to sign a proclamation to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and on a day in which Haiti recognizes a moment of silence for those who died eight years ago in a devastating earthquake.
His comments also come on the heels of a week filled with tense back and forth over immigration reform policy.
According to multiple sources either briefed on or familiar with the discussion, the president during the bipartisan meeting at the White House on Thursday, grew frustrated that the proposal would scale back the visa lottery program, but not eliminate it, asking those in the room why they would want people from Haiti, Africa and other “s—hole countries” coming into the United States.
Trump’s Friday morning tweets also criticized the “so-called” bipartisan DACA deal that was presented to him and a group of Republican congressional leaders as a “big step backwards.”
“Wall was not properly funded, Chain & lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime,” he tweeted.
Trump insisted he wants a merit-based immigration system to ensure the United States gets people who will “help take our country to the next level.”
“I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military,” Trump said.
Earlier this week, a federal district judge in California issued a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA, an Obama administration-era program that helps protect the roughly 800,000 so-called dreamers from deportation. It is a ruling supporters have deemed a step in the right direction.