Trump's comments Thursday came as two senators presented details of a bipartisan compromise that would extend protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants - and also strengthen border protections, as Trump has insisted.
Mr Trump appeared to deny that he used vulgar language to describe immigrants from Africa and other regions on Friday, saying in a tweet: "the language used by me... was tough, but this was not the language used".
Former President Bill Clinton responded Friday to President Trump's reported comments questioning why the US was accepting immigrants from "s--hole" countries, allegedly made in reference to Haiti and some countries in Africa and Central America.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) was in the meeting with President Trump Thursday and he claims everything the president reportedly said actually happened. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"
According to NBC, the officials who discussed the "pretty Korean lady" remark "said the president likely meant no harm with his inquiry, but it raised concern of a lack of cultural sensitivity and decorum".
Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?"
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issued a proclamation Friday calling January 12 "Day of Solidarity with Haiti" to celebrate Boston's Haitian community and their contributions to the city on the anniversary of when a devastating natural disaster hit the country.
"And when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians?" Durbin said that one in particular, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) confronted the president after he made the comments. "Do we need more Haitians?"
Mr Trump took particular issue with the characterisation of his comments on Haiti, responding on Twitter: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". There is no transcript or recording of that meeting.
Durbin also said during the meeting, he confronted the president about his use of the phrase "chain migration", which is a derogatory phrase describing the process by which legal immigrants bring extended family members into the U.S. She said "It's incomprehensible that these words came out of the mouth of the president of the United States of America, a country that was founded on being free from discrimination and treating people fairly and having people come here, the land of the free".
Kehrnde Isa who has a masters degree and is of Nigerian origin says those who agree with President Trump's remarks are mistaken. The president did not, at least, call Haiti a "shithole" country, but rather people coming from African countries.
Dr. Guy Crevecoeur said he is concerned about the impact those remarks will have on Haitian people across the country and beyond. I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals'. It took courage for what he did, and, I made my own comments in response to it.
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