Donald Trump has been accused of lying about referring to Caribbean, Central American and African nations as "shithole countries" amid a furious backlash over his reported comments during an immigration meeting.
Trump signed a proclamation to honor Martin Luther King Day on Friday, and a video shows Ryan asking him a couple of questions when he finished.
However, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting, accused Trump of uttering "things which were hate-filled, vile and racist" and that "he said them repeatedly".
Dodging the questions, the President said goodbye to his guests and rushed out of the room.
Republican Sen. Tim Scott of SC became the first member of his party to confirm that President Donald Trump had referred to non-European countries - as well as the entire continent of Africa - as "shitholes" during a congressional meeting Thursday.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?".
At first the White House did not deny that the remark was made. Many advocates said the comments shed light on why the Trump administration last fall stripped Haitians of Temporary Protected Status - specialized protection granted to people from countries experiencing significant turmoil - in which it would be unsafe for its citizens to return. "Never said "take them out". Former VP Joe Biden also had choice words about Trump's language, tweeting, "It's not what a president should believe". I certainly don't use that language.
The president suggested that instead, the US should allow more entrants from countries like Norway.
Controversy is swirling about claims that President Donald Trump made a vulgar comment about struggling countries and their immigrants.
Trump specifically questioned why the US would want to admit more people from Haiti. "Never said "take them out".
"I know the bipartisan proposal discussed at the White House can get a lot of support from both sides".
Trump has also been rebuked by the United Nations for his reported comments.
Trump, on the other hand, vehemently denies making the comment or using the insulting language during Thursday's meeting.