Brian Kilmeade, co-host of Trump's favourite morning show, Fox & Friends, said that "the president made a mistake in making those comments, no question".
At issue is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Barack Obama to shield hundreds of thousands of these individuals, known as "Dreamers", from deportation.
U.S. President Donald Trump waves from the steps of Marine One helicopter upon his departure after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., January 12, 2018.
Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Government funding expires at midnight Friday without a deal in place, and some government functions will begin to go dark.
President Donald Trump is defending himself anew against accusations that he is racist, this time after recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations. "Why don't we get more people from Norway?'" Durbin said. Lawmakers mentioned that members of the CBC had requested that some African countries be included in the protective status program, according to a White House official who asked for anonymity to describe a private conversation.
He blamed Democrats for failing to reach a deal on DACA, the Obama-era policy that offers protection for children who were brought to the USA illegally.
Trump last week rejected an immigration deal drafted by a bipartisan group of senators.
"He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly", Sen.
El Salvador's protected status, initiated in response to the devastating 2001 natural disaster, was removed this week, effective from September 2019.
He reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "sh*thole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador.
"I think he loves to wheel and deal, he likes to make decisions, he likes to do contracts".
A USA senator who attended the gathering said the president used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "shithole" when speaking about African countries.
"I am telling you that he did not use that word. I stand behind every word that I said in terms of that meeting", Durbin said about the president's remarks. David Perdue, R-Ga., said. Cotton said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he "didn't hear" the vulgar word.
"Trump has always been a racist, only a racist can use such foul language", said Nancy Mulenga, a student at the University of Zambia.
Nielsen did dispute, however, Trump's assertion that DACA was "probably dead".
Durbin - the only Democrat in attendance at the meeting Thursday - told reporters that Trump made the comments that were attributed to him.
The United Nations human rights office said it had no doubt Trump's remarks were "racist", while the Vatican newspaper branded them as "particularly harsh and offensive".