A source familiar with the meeting told CNN's Jake Tapper the President did not refer to Haiti as a "shithole" country but Trump did ask why the USA needs more Haitians and pushed to "take them out" of the deal. "Let me be clear tonight: the people of Haiti have been through more. they've withstood more, they fought back against more injustice than our president ever has", Cooper said.
Mr Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled legislators at a meeting about a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the conversation, and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.
Donald Trump is said to have said the USA should get more people to come from countries like Norway after dismissing others as s***holes.
"These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States".
Hosts of various American "Late Night" shows including Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers slammed US President Donald Trump for calling African nations "s**thole countries" during their showtime.
Trump's comments, made at a closed-door White House meeting, were a reaction to a plan to cut the number of people entering the USA through its visa lottery program.
The comments left lawmakers taken aback, according to people familiar with their reactions.
In the exchange a plan was put forward to The President which involved slashing the visa lottery in half and, letting the rest would go to countries in Africa and Temporary Protective Status nations, including Haiti and El Salvador.
In response to the report, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny Mr. Trump's comment. White House officials did not dispute the account.
Trump later tweeted Friday morning that he "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
The President was griping to members of Congress who were in his office to discuss a possible bipartisan immigration compromise. (The program, known as DACA, is an Obama-era initiative that provided temporary work permits and reprieves from deportation to immigrants brought to the United States as children.) Reps.
Another Republican lawmaker, Sen.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the only Republican African-American senator, called the President's comments "disappointing".
"Democrats and Republicans in the Senate made a proposal.
The sentiment the president expressed today is a racist sentiment", Cooper added. How can you take him seriously?
Mr. President, immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and the 54 countries in Africa likely helped build your buildings.
Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband accused the Trump administration of "leading a race to the bottom".
That statement neither confirmed nor denied the comments. "This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation", she said.
"I've not read one of them that's inaccurate", Durbin said. Nor am I surprised.