President Donald Trump denies calling Haiti, El Salvador and a few African countries "s-hole countries" during a lawmaker meeting in the Oval Office Thursday, but some people don't believe him - including leaders from some of those countries.
"On the eighth anniversary of an natural disaster that almost devastated Haiti, we members of the Haitian Lawyers Association unfortunately find ourselves addressing disparaging remarks attributed to President Trump", reads a letter issued Friday by the bar association. "And he said them repeatedly". A country, by the way, that's played a hand in the poverty Haiti and other nations face today.
Former President Bill Clinton, right, is seen in this 2013 file photo with Haiti's former President Michel Martelly at a memorial service remembering the lives lost in the January 2010 natural disaster.
"The African Union mission to the United Nations is extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks attributed to the USA president as widely reported by the media", Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Ghana's ambassador to the United Nations, said on Friday. "... they and their homelands deserve our respect and gratitude".
Haiti, which on Friday marked the eighth anniversary of the disastrous natural disaster which claimed around 220,000 lives, also summoned the U.S. representative for an explanation. She was governor general in 2010 when Haiti was hit by a massive natural disaster that devastated large portions of the country, killing tens of thousands of people and displacing many more.
He added the US should bring in more people from countries like Norway.
In a series of tweets, the president denied using such vulgar language.
He also took issue with Trumps reported suggestion that the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose population is overwhelmingly white, instead of from African countries and Haiti.
The African Union (AU), an organisation which promotes cooperation on the continent, said it was alarmed by Trump's "very racist" comments.
On Friday the president tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haitians aside from noting it's a poor country.
"Trump is a disgusting racist, sexist sociopath and awful for the country", one Twitter user wrote.
A White House spokesman defended Trump's position on immigration without directly addressing Trump's remarks. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made-a big setback for DACA!".
Graham said he pushed back at the president - an account that was backed up by Illinois Democratic Sen.