Donald Trump has made it more than clear where he stands on the issue of immigration reform. After the Washington Post reported that the president labeled several foreign nations as "sh*tholes," the White House was forced to respond.

Trump's defense

Even before Donald Trump announced his plan to run for president, he was known for making controversial remarks when it came to immigration. Trump was the highest profile name to promote the debunked conspiracy theory of "birtherism" that questioned whether or not former President Barack Obama faked his birth certificate to become eligible to run for office.

After announcing his campaign for president, Trump increased his hard-line approach on immigration, labeling illegal immigrants from Mexico as "murderers" and "rapists." While promoting the issue of a Mexican-funded border wall and possible mass deportation, Trump only increased his rhetoric, which continued during a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday where he referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and multiple countries in Africa as a "sh*thole." Backlash quickly followed, leading to a statement from the White House, as reported by The Hill on January 11.

Once the story of Donald Trump's controversial comments became public, the White House was forced to address the president's remarks.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people," the White House statement read. The statement continued, claiming that Trump will "reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures" that put American lives at risk, thought they never denied the reports in question.

Hollywood responds

As expected, critics of the president were not pleased with his remarks, including some top names in the world of entertainment and Hollywood. "Can’t wait until we get rid of this sh*thole president," actor and director Rob Reiner tweeted out.

"Trump - u sh*thole..." actress and talk show host Rosie O'Donnell wrote.

"Trump probably thinks 'his base' approves of that language. My guess is that most are disgusted by it," author Stephen King added. "Trump apparently wants more Norwegians and fewer people from 'sh*thole' countries in Africa. You know what’s a real sh**hole? Trump’s goddamned mouth," actor George Takei wrote.

"This coming from a sh**hole human with sh**hole friends and sh***ier holed family!" actor Ron Pearlman tweeted out. "Just devastating that the President of the United States referred to African countries and Haiti as 'sh**hole countries.' What now?? How do we get rid of this?" actress Mia Farrow wrote.