"I want a lot of people to come in", but they must do so legally, Trump added.
The reaction, including snark comments, started when a screengrab showing the painting hanging in the White House blew up on Twitter on Sunday evening when the CBS program "60 Minutes" tweeted out a preview of its interview with the president.
The painting, by American artist Andy Thomas, is called "The Republican Club".
The scene shows Trump sitting between Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon and looking at Abraham Lincoln across from him.
U.S. President Donald Trump's interview with Leslie Stahl on "60 Minutes" made headlines for several reasons.
It's a sort of heads-I-win, tails-you-lose proposition Trump is offering his party.
"He had actually given a me real gracious call to tell me how much he liked it", Thomas said. That same woman, according to an interview with Time Magazine earlier this year, appears in a similarly styled painting of Obama and other Democratic presidents. The AP story said Trump "dismissed suggestions that he might take responsibility" for midterm losses. This is in line with Trump famously saying that he doesn't drink alcohol.
Whether or not he knows about the small feminist message, Thomas said Trump might have gotten the print through Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who Thomas has painted before.
A post on Thomas' website said the painting had a "subtle feminist message" because there is a woman in the background walking toward the table.
Trump said at the White House that he'd accept families crossing together under on a "merit basis", and said his administration is working on such a policy. He focused on so-called "chain migration", the process by which legal immigrants help foreign-born family members come to the USA, and the Diversity Immigration Visa Program, often known as the Green Card lottery, a system created by bipartisan support in 1990.
President Donald Trump says he's selected Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone to serve as his next White House counsel.
KELLY:.He's a hard man to paint.
Others digitally altered images of other protagonists like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump supporter and rapper Kanye West or Russian President Vladimir Putin onto some of the other presidents' heads.