Trump Denies Using Vulgar Slur; Top Democrat Says He Said It

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"He said those hateful things, and he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters, confirming several reports of the heated Oval Office meeting a day earlier.

Haiti's Ambassador to the U.S. Paul Altidor also condemned the remarks, calling them "unfortunate" and "misguided" on Friday.

Not suprisingly, Trump's comments were met with heavy criticism and condemnation by many.

Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable", telling WPLG-TV in Miami that "if that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it".

Many other musicians, including rappers Lupe Fiasco, Chuck D, and El-P have also tweeted their own responses to the President's remarks.

The President on Friday denied using the crass and racist language to describe countries he does not think are worthy of sending immigrants to the a series of posts on Twitter. Dick Durbin, who was present at the meeting, later affirmed that Trump used this exact language.

More than half of the state's African and El Salvadoran populations live in either Hartford or New Haven counties, while most of the Haitian population lives in Fairfield County, as do most of the state's Norwegians.

The White House has also led a almost yearlong campaign to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the United States, as part of broader immigration restriction efforts. "Worse, it's ignorant of American ideals".

Trump on Thursday rejected a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security.

The African Union (AU), an organisation which promotes cooperation on the continent, said it was alarmed by Trump's "very racist" comments.

According to Durbin, he and Graham believed they would be the only lawmakers in the room with the president, and they were surprised to find that in the two hours since Durbin's first phone call with the White House, Mr. Trump had invited five other members of Congress as well.

Some lawmakers took a hard line against Trump's statement, while others were more forgiving.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a close Trump ally, called on the president to explain his words.

None of the lawmakers knew Carson, and Trump found that surprising, the attendees said.

"Donald Trump is a racist and indecent man with no good values who is woefully unfit and undeserving of the office in which he serves".

Ryan said his ancestors were Irish and 'were really looked down upon.' He called immigration 'a handsome story of America ' and said Africans in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, are 'incredible citizens'.

There was no mention at that time of the language that sources said Trump had used, details of which were soon leaked. "Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon are most notorious in recent memory for doing this, and even President George W. Bush accidentally spoke of leading crusades during the War on Terror".

Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt had earlier tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump are personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the United States and buying tons of U.S. military hardware". Since they are receiving American aid, they were slow to criticize the president's comment.