"My parents came from one of those countries but proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with".
Trump's comments came during an Oval Office meeting where he questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s--hole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.
Mr Durbin said that when Mr Trump was told that the largest groups of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) were from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, the president responded: "Haitians?" Trump's reference to Norway may have been prompted by Prime Minister Erna Solberg who visited the White House on Wednesday when the president praised Norway for running a trade deficit with the United States and for buying USA military equipment.
But neither he nor the White House disputed remarks using a vulgarity to describe Africa nations and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.
El Salvador, also facing an end to protected status for its 200,000 citizens living in the United States, sent a formal letter of protest to the U.S. government over the comments.
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
If Trump can use his vile brand of "tough language" about entire nations of people, he should be willing to listen when somebody throws words like "racist" and "ignorant" right back at him, right?
"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said. These immigrants have lived in a kind of limbo since previous year, when Mr. Trump scrapped an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Donald Trump's doctor says he is in excellent health, after the 71-year-old president underwent his first medical examination Friday since taking office, the White House said. "I still see the tears and hear the primal screams of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who lost family so horribly, so shockingly".
Immigration legislation has become time-sensitive because when Trump ended the DACA program in September he gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative solution before announcing that deportations would begin. "The Statue of Liberty says give me your poor, your exhausted, your huddled masses".
Activists marched from the Toussaint L'Ouverture Monument to the Little Haiti Cultural Center waving signs that said "President Trump is a racist!", "Respect Haiti", and "We will not forget". They never took a thing from our federal government.
President Donald Trump's vulgar remark disparaging Haitians and African countries didn't surprise a local scholar who teaches at Winston-Salem State University.
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) summed up her opinion with one tweeted word: "Racist".