In his meeting with a group of senators, he had questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s-thole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation.
At an event on Friday at the White House, Trump honoured the memory of Martin Luther King Jr, the civil-rights era activist who was slain in 1968.
Dick Durbin, a Democrat who attended an immigration meeting with President Trump on Thursday, confirmed Friday that the president made comments he considered "vile and racist" about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
"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", Mr. Durbin said on Friday.
Ex-president John Mahama has branded US President Donald Trump as a racist after he reportedly used crude language to describe African nations, Haiti and El Salvador. Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of IL, who was in the meeting, reconfirmed Friday that Trump repeatedly "said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist".
Trump during the session with members of Congress reportedly questioned why the USA should accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa instead of from nations such as Norway.
"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", Shad said.
On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he used "tough" language at the meeting, but not the reported vulgarity. He added that he never said anything derogatory about Haitians. "We, along with the president, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades", the statement said.
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Trump previously told Haitian-Americans: "I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion", while he was campaigning previous year in Miami's Little Haiti.
Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall. Durbin recounted that Trump went on to discuss similarly protected immigration from Africa, "calling the nations they come from s--holes". "We should be talking about how we bring people together", Pugh said.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". But from the moment he was sworn into office, the commander in chief has repeatedly shown an alarming level of ignorance - mixed with hate. JB Pritzker, a Democrat running for IL governor, released the following statement Friday: "I've said it before and I'll say it again: Donald Trump is a racist and a xenophobe who has never had the dignity to be in the White House", said JB Pritzker. "Immigrants don't just belong in America, immigrants have helped build America", the senator said on Twitter.
'My colleague, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said.
Trump lashed out Thursday about a potential deal on immigration that includes protections for Haitians and for people from some African nations.
Maina wants more understanding from President Trump, who is the grandson of an immigrant.
"We know he's a racist".