After lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, the president reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", rather than - for instance - wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway.
He further noted that he said nothing derogatory about Haitians "other than" pointing out that Haiti is a "very poor and troubled country".
"For this president to say that that country is a sh-thole, I felt like he was talking about my father-in-law, my husband, our children, because they are Haitian", she continued.
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", the senator said.
Sunny Hostin didn't sugarcoat it Friday morning on "The View", saying Donald Trump's latest controversial comments led to her realization that the president is a racist. "They're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people".
President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "sh**hole countries" during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
"We're not going to take it from Mr. Trump". Earlier this week US officials said those Salvadorans will lose their right to remain in the country next year.
Trump today rejected reports that he told lawmakers that the USA should block immigrants from "shithole" countries.
"Why do we want all these people from 'shithole countries" coming here?"
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While many tweeted their disgust with the president due to his racist and xenophobic speech, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah used intelligent and comic relief to prove just how ignorant the president's comments are.
The Haitian embassy in Washington said it had been inundated with apologies from Americans.
"So, I see this as a thing to celebrate", he said.
Trump's remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused of racism by his foes and who has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced.
In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said.
The U.S. embassy in Haiti, in a Twitter post on Friday, said "we remember and honor the many lives lost 8 years ago in Haiti". I want safety and security for our people.
Prior to Trump's denial, UN Human Rights Office's spokesman Rupert Colville, slammed the reported comment, saying: "You can not dismiss entire countries as shitholes ..."
"President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace", said Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House.
"Hopefully they'll contribute their ideas to the solution but. six people can't agree to something that will bind Congress and the House", Cornyn said.