According to The Washington Post, several of those briefed on the meeting recalled Trump asking, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" while discussing a bipartisan immigration deal.
First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress defended explicit comments by President Trump, where he referred to Haiti and some African nations as "shithole countries". "Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?" the President reportedly asked lawmakers, arguing that the USA should have more people coming from countries like Norway.
But Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, whom Durbin said had voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks.
"President Trump has been and is a racist". Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin'.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called the comments "beneath the dignity of the presidency" and said Trump's desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway was "an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogenous, white society".
WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump sought Friday to quell a global firestorm over his reported denunciation of immigration from "shithole countries" - a slur slammed at home and overseas as racist.
"Given the historical reality of how African Americans arrived in the United States as slaves, and the United States being the biggest example of how a nation has been built by migration - for a statement like that to come is particularly upsetting", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.
Cotton and Perdue are co-sponsors of legislation that would enact severe restrictions on legal immigration - a bill Trump has said he supports but that senior GOP leaders have said could not pass Congress. "Why do we need more Haitians".
Trump also opposes the current deal because it would only restrict family-based immigration (in which current immigrant citizens or permanent residents sponsor relatives for entry) for the parents of the dreamers and some others, whereas Trump wants much greater reductions in family-based immigration.
Trump then "said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", Durbin said, adding that "shithole" was "the exact word used by the president, not just once but repeatedly".
Miami's Haitian-American community leaders planned to spend Friday remembering the hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the horrific 2010 quake on the island.
Trump allegedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "s--hole" countries. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. He said he didnt say it, there you go.
It can be hard to extract concrete policy proposals out of the president's off-the-cuff remarks, so we'll leave that task to his loyal translators. Most of all, it's not what a president should believe.
Love said her office asked White House staff members if the reports were valid, but did not receive a response.
From 1870 to 1910 a quarter of Norway's working-age population emigrated, mostly to the United States.
The sources said the president made the remark in a meeting as Sen.
The Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro said the problem with Trump's remarks was that he used a curse word and that "he said it behind closed doors unlike Joe Biden, while Conservative pundit Ann Coulter said that "s***hole countries" should be given respect by being called "s***hole nations".