“So if you say Norway is a better place to live and Haiti is kind of a hole, well anyone who’s been to those countries or has lived in them would agree. But we’re jumping up and down, ‘Oh, you can’t say that.’ Why can’t you say that?” Carlson asked following amid bipartisan criticism of Trump’s remarks.

Fox News host Jesse Watters also defended Trump’s remark Thursday, arguing that the “forgotten men and women” who make up the president’s base would approve of the comment.