"In the course of (Trump's) comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist", the IL senator said Friday. But Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who attended the meeting, flatly contradicted that account. Durbin called the moment, "heartbreaking".
The Washington Post reported the comments Thursday. Trump denies using the word "shithole" including towards Haiti, which is marking the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!". These immigrants have lived in a kind of limbo since a year ago, when Mr. Trump scrapped an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Trump and Congress are trying to resolve it after Trump ended the program.
"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet.
"Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and US would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", Trump wrote.
He also said that the Democrats "made up" the story, claiming that he referred to Haiti as a "sh*thole country", emphasizing that he had never said "anything derogatory about Haitians".
As breathlessly terrible as Trump's pronouncement was, what made it worse was that it was instantly believable.
"I want everyone including Number 45 to know that Haitians are resilient".
So, for now, that bipartisan group is going to stick with their plan. One of their Republican colleagues said their comments were out of place.
Durbin and South Carolina Sen.
On "The Situation Room" Friday, Ryan cited an unnamed "influencer" and "child and product of the sixties" who advocated that anti-Trump activists call various companies and talk about Trump's comments. But the real issue may be that Trump is right to have concerns about accepting too many immigrants and refugees from poor nations such as Haiti and Somalia.
Trump's comments were allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform. Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. Earlier this week, he allowed cameras to film him negotiating immigration legislation with senators at the White House. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, had been pushing for stronger immigration enforcement and a less generous package for the Dreamers.
Trump's comments came as two senators presented details of a bipartisan compromise that would protect DACA immigrants - and also strengthen border protections, as Trump has insisted, providing $1.6 billion for a first installment on a border wall.
He said it was a necessary change, even though the U.S. had been linked to Grosvenor Square for more than 200 years.