In a response labelled by global media as damage control, Mr Trump has denied using derogatory words but admitted his language was "tough". "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!". Trump asked, sources told the Washington Post.
Trump's reported affront on Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers adds to his history of badmouthing Haiti, which was struck by a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster on January 12, 2010.
"Good Americans" should start "a Twitter war" with President Donald Trump over his comment that the USA shouldn't admit people from Haiti and other "shithole countries", former Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner said Friday.
The president did call some African nations "shitholes", he said.
And Haitian ambassador Paul Altidor told MSNBC that Haiti believes Trump was "either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people." I have said repeatedly, 'I can't look into Donald Trump's heart and I can't say he's a racist.' I can say now: "Donald Trump is a racist". Someone else in the room responded: Ã¢Â€ÂœBecause if you do, it will be obvious why. He once said that Haitians "all have AIDS", The White House denied that remark.
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On Friday, Trump denied both describing certain nations as "shithole countries" and that he demanded Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians". Dick Durbin, who was present at the White House meeting, said he "personally heard" the president use what Durbin called "these vile and vulgar comments".
President Donald Trump denies calling Haiti, El Salvador and a few African countries "s-hole countries" during a lawmaker meeting in the Oval Office Thursday, but some people don't believe him - including leaders from some of those countries. "Probably should record future meeting - unfortunately no trust". Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, who was in the meeting, said on Twitter that Trump used hate-filled, racist words repeatedly.
The African Union said it was "frankly alarmed" by the words attributed to the President while the Haiti Government claimed they reflected a "racist view" of its country. "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist". The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt that they help the United States economically. "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit U.S. resources".
Other foreign officials like Hugo Martinez of El Salvador and representatives of the African National Congress are seeking an official response from USA authorities regarding Trump's comments.