"The Department will provide an opportunity to the Charges de Affaires to explain the statement that African countries, alongside Haiti and El Salvador, constitute "s--holes" from where migrants into the United States are undesirable", it said. Durbin this week said "any attempt to kill immigration reform probably has (White House senior adviser Stephen) Miller's fingerprints on it". Graham has yet to confirm or deny whether the president use the term "shithole countries", but reportedly told colleagues the reports about the comments are accurate.
The envoys have been instructed to emphasize areas of shared cooperation, which transcend any comments that may have been made by the President, officials said.
Ivana Trump's comments echo the president's own remarks to reporters at a dinner photo opportunity in Florida on Sunday night that "I'm not a racist".
The row broke out after reports emerged in the USA media that during the meeting Mr Trump had asked: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
However, one of the Republican Senators who attended the meeting today claimed that Trump never used that word. Dr. Ronny Jackson, who also worked with the previous administration, says he speaks to the president daily and didn't feel he even needed the test.
"The proposal brought by Senator Durbin and Senator Graham would go in the opposite of what we need, which is a skill-based system that treats people for who they are, not where they're from", Cotton said. "Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". "I don't know. He has incredibly good genes and that's just the way God made him". "That I can tell you". "I've found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes", Jackson said.
The African Union, a group representing the continent's countries, and African ambassadors to the United Nations Friday sharply denounced Trump's reference to African nations as "shitholes" and called on him to retract his statement and apologize.
Trump has defended himself against accusations of being a racist on numerous occasions, including during his insistence that President Barack Obama was not American-born and after he opened his presidential campaign in 2015 by describing Mexicans as rapists and drug peddlers.
Durbin said Monday the White House should release whatever recording it might have of the meeting. He's said he has "a wonderful relationship with Haitians".
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin tweeted on Friday. No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2018 Last week, there were earnest efforts by a number of lawmakers in both parties in Congress to reach a DACA deal - Mr. Trump has repeatedly made clear that he wants to help the "Dreamers", but only if Democrats agree to money for his border wall, an end to chain migration, and an end to a visa lottery for people.
Jackson said he prescribed a diet lower in fat and carbohydrates, and exercise.
The White House said Trump had no intention of apologizing. "We are ready, willing and able to make a deal, but they don't want to".