Trump reportedly became frustrated during the Oval Office meeting, asking: "Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?"
Sources told Reuters on Thursday that Trump had questioned why the United States would want immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti and some African countries during a briefing on draft immigration legislation.
While Trump denied the widely reported comment in a tweet, Senator Dick Durbin of IL, one of the top-ranking Democrats and a longtime supporter of immigration reform, said he "personally heard" the president's comment, and that Trump had repeatedly used "hate-filled, vile and racist" words.
Trump denies using the term.
The White House doctor on Friday declared that the United States President Donald Trump was in "excellent health" after Trump underwent his first medical check-up as the U.S. president. "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".
He also said that the Democrats "made up" the story, claiming that he referred to Haiti as a "sh*thole country", emphasizing that he had never said "anything derogatory about Haitians". Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the meeting, said the president indeed used those words.
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), often a Trump ally, said that "President Trump's comment regarding certain immigrant groups was clearly wrong" and he praised the contributions of Salvadoran and Haitian communities. "He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly", said Sen. Doron teaches WSSU students about the Haitian Revolution and its lingering effects on African countries.
African Union ambassadors to the United Nations demanded an apology from U.S. President Donald Trump for his racist remark on the people of Africa.
More and more countries and organizations are joining the global chorus of condemnation of President Trump's racially-charged comments while speaking to lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday. Former VP Joe Biden also had choice words about Trump's language, tweeting, "It's not what a president should believe".
Haiti's ambassador in Washington has also asked for an apology, as Trump reportedly specifically questioned the protections granted to Haitian immigrants after the quake. There is no other word you can use but "racist".
"We must focus on how best to secure our borders, protect our national security, and find a way to support the people under DACA who know only the United States to be their home", he said.
In 2016, in response to a question about then-candidate Trump's views on immigration and his intention to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, Francis said a man with such views was "not Christian".