The president attempted to do a little damage control on Friday, saying that he'd used "tough" language during the Oval Office meeting, though perhaps not the word "shithole". The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA is an Obama-era protection for those who arrived in the country illegally when they were children.
Spokesmen for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification Friday. The president made the remarks on Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers and suggested immigrants from Norway would be preferable.
Senior European Union politician Gianni Pittella said Mr Trump "has forgotten to engage his brain before talking" about immigrants and is not fit for office.
"Made up by Dems", he tweeted. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!", the President tweeted.
But Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, whom Durbin said had voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks. "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly", Durbin said on Friday.
"Trump will not last in office", Maxon said.
"Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House", Ms. Ros-Lehtinen said in a Twitter post.
"I looked into this and spoke with somebody who was in that meeting and it did not happen", Carney said.
"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it", Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told WPLG-TV in Miami. That, too, because recent immigrants are more likely to come from Asian or Latin American countries. "So I see this as a thing to celebrate, and I think it's a big part of our strength".
Trump, the senators said, "brought everyone to the table this week and listened to both sides".
NAKASEC joined other groups in calling for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to be attached to the federal budget vote, in lieu of a massive reform bill that would include cuts to other aspects of the US immigration system. He went on to say that he had "a wonderful relationship with Haitians".
"If that comment is accurate, the comment is incredibly disappointing", Scott told the newspaper.
In a statement touting the diversity that came from immigration, Sen.
That "move the needle" argument - that Trump's base would stand by him - was also put forward by other Trump sympathizers in the immediate aftermath of the initial reports of Trump's comments. The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.
"There are nearly 800,000 young DACA beneficiaries who are facing imminent deportation in March if we don't reach a deal", he said. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!". "So statements at the eleventh hour are not going to distract me".
All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations decried Donald Trump's reported remarks as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic" on Friday, a day after USA media reported that Trump had referred to African states, Haiti, and El Salvador as "s***hole countries". It's a middle finger to s--hole countries, but more to the point, it's a statement that we don't want the people from them. Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.
Trump is demanding an end to the diversity visa lottery, which to people from countries that send comparatively few immigrants to the USA, many of them in Africa.
Speaking in London, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would not "opine on what the president may or may not have said" but called Canada a country of openness and respect.
The president also wants to limit what he and many proponents of slashing legal immigration call "chain migration", the process by which Americans and legal permanent residents can sponsor certain family members for green cards.
Haitians lost their lives.
Jeffress is an informal advisor to Trump and has visited the White House.
Republican Lindsay Graham said he directly confronted the president on the matter. If this particular news cycle plays out the way the Access Hollywood story did, Trump will receive some opprobrium from his word choice (a meta-debate is already swirling around whether news outlets should reproduce the word "shithole").
Trump reportedly used a vulgarity to describe Haiti and African countries according to several reports.
Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, on Friday told reporters that Trump questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and that he referenced "shithole countries" in Africa.