Haitian Sen. Youri Latortue said the reported remarks were also galling because they came just before the United States marks the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.
During a Thursday meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, Trump demanded to know why the United States should accept citizens from what he called "shithole" countries, according to comments first reported by the Washington Post.
Dodging the questions, the President said goodbye to his guests and rushed out of the room. But a U.S. senator present at the meeting said the president repeatedly called the countries "shitholes". The Washington Post reported that, during the meeting, Trump said immigrants from Haiti should be left out of any new agreement approved by Congress.
Political commentators and members of the Congressional Black Caucus pointed out that Trump's comments denigrated majority-black nations and expressed a preference for the majority-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".
While Trump's various statements have frequently been deemed offensive, Furey said that's no reason to accept them. When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians?
USA politicians from both parties condemned Mr Trump, with Mia Love, the Republican Representative and daughter of Haitian immigrants, saying the comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values".
Even some of Trump's closest allies said they didn't feel the comments were appropriate if true.
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Trump took to Twitter on Friday and said "this was not the language used", though he did not specifically deny the "shithole" remark. "But I don't think he is a racist in the traditional sense", he continued. The Washington Post on Thursday that Trump had asked: "Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?"
Trump has repeatedly called for ending chain migration and replacing it with a legal immigration system that brings immigrants to the U.S.in lower levels and based on their merit, English proficiency skills, and ability to readily assimilate to American culture. The "shithole" controversy due a sharp rebuke from former Mexican President Vicente Fox, a frequent Trump critic.
"He didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest - so white they wear moon-screen", he said.
Earlier today, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) tweeted out that the comments relayed to him by those in attendance were "abhorrent and repulsive".
Some Republicans were also unhappy.
"He's president of the United States".
State Rep. Robert Asencido (D-Miami) believes Trump's remarks will make it more unsafe for US diplomats, military, businesses and tourists to travel overseas.
Trump has denied reports that he referred to some immigrants as coming from "shithole countries" during a heated Oval Office meeting on Thursday.
Democratic legislators who like to count themselves as part of the Resistance must recognize that their actions will speak louder than anything out of the president's mouth. "Our bipartisan group continues to build support for the only deal in town".