"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the news outlets reported Trump as saying. Several Democratic lawmakers slammed Trump for his comments and described them as racist comment.
Reginald Dupont, executive director of Foundation SEROvie, an HIV/AIDS service organization that is based in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, described the comment as "a major affront to the dignity of peoples".
"(Graham) spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said", Durbin told reporters.
On the eve of the eighth anniversary of the January 12, 2010, quake that devastated Haiti, the president, in the Oval Office, is said to have wondered aloud why he should allow immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations to enter the United States.
The UN has also branded as racist, the reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador, and unspecified African nations as "shithole countries".
Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power shared her stunned reaction to the statement on social media.
Botswana's Ministry of International Affairs summoned the United States ambassador to complain about Trump's disparaging comments. Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), whose family comes from Haiti, said in a statement that Trump's remarks were "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values".
Josh Seefried, a former Air Force captain, on Friday wrote on Facebook that he had been stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey for a few months when the natural disaster struck.
Speaking to Xinhua, Abebe Ayente, senior researcher at Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies (EFRSS), a local think tank, said the comments will further reduce the influence of U.S. on the global stage.
"Whoa. I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States", she wrote. "It was probably the most humbling but memorable experiences I ever had while in the Air Force".
Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question. The White House on Monday announced El Salvador has been removed from the list of TPS countries.
The Republican president's comments were decried as racist by African and Haitian politicians, by the United Nations human rights office and by U.S. lawmakers from both major parties.
Haiti borders the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola.
It's noteworthy that these comments came one day before the eighth anniversary of the devastating Haiti quake that led the U.S.to offer protected status to almost 60,000 Haitians, and the week before the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.
The tentative deal also addresses border security, including a border wall, the diversity visa lottery and chain migration, in which US green-card holders can sponsor other family members for permanent residence in the country.
Trump later tweeted that the language he used was tough, but not the language being reported.
Trump said he would accept any deal that the bipartisan group came up with and would not reject it due to reservations about certain provisions. "The conversation about who we are as Americans has shifted and given in to a kind of xenophobia that makes it hard to discuss issues that affect all Americans". "This is racist, hate speech". "They [Republicans] don't believe in immigration - it's always been about people of color and keeping them out of this country", Gutierrez said.
"I think it's a big part of our strength, whether you're coming from Haiti - we've got great friends from Africa in Janesville who are doctors who are just incredible citizens". Not the country that criminalizes young Black people instead of allowing them to complete secondary education.
Trump had seemed amenable to a deal earlier in the day during phone calls with lawmakers, aides said, but shifted his position in the meeting and did not seem interested in the bipartisan compromise.
Beyond the words themselves, however the president put them, is his strongly implied support for an immigration policy that is based on racial stereotypes, and that penalizes individuals for where they are from, not who they are.