Democratic US senator: Trump called African countries '****holes' in meeting

"In the course of (Trump's) comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist", the IL senator said Friday.

On Friday, the Republican president denied using those words.

The U.S. leader has been under fire at home and overseas after some reports said he referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting on an immigration deal with a group of bipartisan lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.

In response to the backlash, President Trump took to Twitter (as he usually does), and denied using "tough" language during the meeting. Durbin thought it would just be the senators and Trump in the room.

Durbin said Trump's alleged "sxxxhole" remarks were accurate.

On Thursday, US media reported that Trump behind closed doors expressed displeasure over people migrating to the United States from "shithole countries".

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters poured her heart out in a long statement condemning Donald Trump's "ill informed and deplorable" comments on immigration. "We even made the ultimate sacrifice when we shed our blood in Savannah", the ambassador said. "Made up by Dems", Trump wrote. "But I've never met a Haitian who isn't strong". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States".

Senator Dick Durbin claimed the president said "things which were hate-filled, vile and racist".

"The words used by the President, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough, ' they were abhorrent and repulsive", tweeted Arizona Sen. He said those things. "He's president of the United States. That's not how a president behaves", Simpson said.

Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks on Thursday and summoned the top USA diplomat in the country for an explanation.

Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status following the 2010 natural disaster, which seven years ago today killed 300,000 Haitians and left thousands of others displaced. "Trump has to go", Marie Lourdes St. John Beaute, spokesperson with the immigration advocacy group KOMOKODO, said. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix. "I mean, don't get me wrong it might take a few weeks but as soon as the news donkey reaches our village, we'll be so mad".

But two immigration hard-liners, Republican Sens. "Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", she said.

The Wisconsin Republican was referring to Trump's asking during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers why the USA should admit more immigrants from "s***hole countries" like Africa".

But instead of holding his bigoted tongue and keeping his ignorance to himself, Trump shared his feelings to members of Congress, which is a problem, because instead of his comments being construed as the rantings of a maniacal madman, his views are dangerously close to becoming US immigration policy. Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited the White House Wednesday.

During a Thursday meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Trump criticized protections the United States has given to immigrants from various underdeveloped countries.

The president had been discussing a potential deal with a team of senators that would have restored protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries, the Washington Post and others reported Thursday night.

Jeffress sent out the statement as many evangelical leaders condemned the remarks as offensive and racist.

President Donald Trump did not respond to questions about his use of a vulgarity or his question about why the US should accept more immigrants from Haiti and African nations than from countries like Norway.

He has characterized Mexican immigrants as "rapists", repeatedly questioned the loyalty of Muslim immigrants, denounced NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem in protest at police brutality against African Americans, and made questionable comments about a violent white supremacist rally.

Haiti's government summoned charge d'affairs Robin Diallo, the top United States diplomat in the country, to respond.

Tom Cotton and David Perdue, said they "do not recall the President saying these comments specifically". In a tweet, he commented: "Bad deal".

US 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".

Mia Love, a congresswoman from Utah who is of Haitian descent, called Trump's reported comments "unkind" and "divisive", and demanded an apology.

Vanessa Coleman