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In an Oval Office meeting on immigration with Sens. Dick Durbin and Lindsay Graham on Thursday, President Trump argued against restoring protections for people who arrived in the U.S. from El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries, the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reports:

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries coming here?"
— President Trump

The White House provided a response to Dawsey clarifying Trump's position. It did not include a denial.

Why it matters: Trump ended protective status for 250,000 Salvadorans this week. Per the Post, he said the U.S. should "bring more people from countries like Norway" rather than Africa and Haiti.

Update: Trump's also said, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out,” per the Post.

The backdrop: The senators were members of a bipartisan group seeking a compromise deal on immigration that will codify protections from Dreamers and add border security.

  • Flashback: In December, Trump reportedly claimed that immigrants from Haiti "all have AIDS," and that after Nigerian immigrants saw the U.S., they'd never "go back to their huts."

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Deadly storm Zeta pummels parts of Alabama and Florida

A satellite image of Hurricane Zeta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Tropical Storm Zeta has killed at least two people and caused mass power outages after making landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," Zeta weakened to a tropical storm over central Alabama early on Thursday, but it was still packing powerful winds and heavy rains, per the National Hurricane Center.

Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

Go deeper: As Taiwan's profile rises, so does risk of conflict with China

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