The scandal erupted after Donald Trump wondered why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries", and suggested America should welcome more people from nations like Norway instead.
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"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday (Thursday)".
"He said: 'Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country".
In Geneva, UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said: "These are shocking and shameful comments".
Surrounded by African-Americans, including the nephew of the civil rights leader and prominent African-American Republican Ben Carson, who delivered a speech, Mr Trump said: "Dr King opened the eyes and lifted the conscience of our nation".
Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte were both there, as was White House aide Stephen Miller, a proponent of severely limiting immigration. He said these hate-filled things. The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.