Tucker Carlson said President Trump's controversial comment about the US accepting immigrants from "s***hole countries" is forcing a conversation that elected leaders don't want to have. Richard Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, appeared to confirm those reports on Friday.
Dick Durbin, who was in the room with Trump when he made the remark, said that the president did use "vile, vulgar" language including the word "shithole".
The denial followed a backlash from African leaders, American politicians from both the ruling Republican party and the Democratic party and Africans who used social media to mock Trump with positive images of their "shithole countries". "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit USA resources".
On Friday, AU chief Moussa Faki's spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo had also said Trump's comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice". He also mentioned Africa and asked why more people from "s***hole countries" should be allowed into the US, the sources said.
Durbin said that he was in the process of describing the protections granted to immigrants from certain countries which have endured natural disasters or other devastation, including Haiti, where a 2010 quake killed hundreds of thousands of people.
"Shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly", Mr Durbin was quoted to have said.
President Donald Trump says a bipartisan immigration proposal is "a big step backwards".
"I want a merit-based system of immigrant and people who will help take our country to the next level", Trump tweeted.
"Trump has also previously claimed his good health is one of his greatest assets" and described himself as "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency". Those affected have until 2019 to leave the US or, if eligible, seek alternative immigration status.