The remarks were uttered during a White House meeting with congressmen, with Trump questioning why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
"In the course of (Trump's) comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist", the IL senator said Friday. People from dozens of countries took their oaths of citizenship Friday in South Florida as news spread about their new president's alleged statement.
Last month, the Times reported that in June 2017 Trump made derogatory remarks about Haitians during a meeting in which he seized on immigration reform, suggesting they "all have AIDS".
Durbin said when the issue of Temporary Protective Status for Haitian immigrants in the US was raised, the president responded "Haitians". Now more than ever we need to hear your voices.
Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, that has protected them from deportation following the 2010 natural disaster, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.
American news media reported on Thursday that Trump used the term at talks on a US immigration policy known as DACA.
Botswana's government on Friday announced it was inquiring about the comments through its USA ambassador, while the president of Senegal condemned the reported remarks. Trump was in a closed meeting with members of Congress to discuss immigration on Thursday when he reportedly questioned why the USA would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa, rather than places like Norway.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) has denounced President Trump's remarks as "shocking and shameful", and "racist".
The United Nations has branded the remarks as "racist", with spokesperson Robert Coleville saying: "If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States". The president did not, at least, call Haiti a "shithole" country, but rather people coming from African countries.
"Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted.
"The president of the United States is racist", CNN's Don Lemon said on Thursday night.
"As immigrants, we built America", says Mcdoweel. The group also implied that the Trump administration harbors misconceptions about Africa and its people.
Trump spent about three hours with military doctors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Maryland, an exam that White House doctor Ronny Jackson said went "exceptionally well". "President Trump is clearly more concerned with ending the future flow of immigrants from Africa and the African diaspora than providing relief to DREAMers [undocumented immigrants who arrived as youths] who came here through no fault of their own". "I don't think anyone should say anything like that about any individual".
Leanne Manas, a news anchor for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tweeted Friday morning, "Good morning from the greatest most attractive "s-thole country" in the world!".