Former US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has shared the statement on Twitter, saying: "Whoa".
Durbin, who was at the White House meeting on Thursday to discuss immigration, is the first to go on the record confirming reports that Trump referred to African nations as "shithole countries", and that the U.S. should "take. out" Haitians now living in the U.S. Trump reportedly also commented that the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Norway.
According to reports, Trump balked at an immigration deal that included protections for legal immigrants from Haiti and El Salvador, comparing those countries to latrines and asking "Why are we having all these people from (dung) hole countries come here?"
His remarks have quickly spread around the world, provoking strong reactions, including those from the United Nations.
Trump has denied using that language but others present say he did.
On Friday, after the story went viral, the president tweeted the message below.
African Union countries have demanded that Donald Trump "retract and apologise" for comments reportedly referring to African nations as "shitholes".
"We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest". President, are you a racist?' asked American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan on Friday.
Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, said on Friday the president's reported remarks were particularly unwelcome coming on the eighth anniversary of the natural disaster which killed more than 200,000 people on the Caribbean island.
Durbin also recounted a "heartbreaking moment" when Trump and others "scoffed" at his comments about the importance of family-based immigration.
The comments were "clearly" racist, Kalondo said, but stressed the United States was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".
El Salvador's foreign minister said a formal protest had been made over the comments attributed to Trump. I hope today's comments were just a crass and flippant mistake, and do not reflect the hateful racism they imply, ' Bush wrote in a pair of tweets.
The group of over 50 nations in a statement said: "the AU expressed its disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America". Others said Trump, a 71-year-old who relishes rejecting political correctness, was voicing views held quietly by many.
Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Mr Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.
Trump on Friday also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.
Africans of all stripes took to social media.
But Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist", saying the USA ambassador had been summoned to clarify whether the country was regarded so poorly after years of cordial relations.
"The Bostwana Government has also enquired from the US Government through the Ambassador, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country", the statement said. "Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell can not continue to claim ignorance and stay silent as President Trump denigrates allies and does lasting damage to our standing in the world".
US Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez called Trump "a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution". "USA deeply respects the people of #Africa & values its partnerships with them".