Jeffress says Trump has a constitutional responsibility as commander in chief to protect the U.S.
On Wednesday, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg had visited the White House and was praised by Trump for running a trade deficit with the United States and for buying U.S. military equipment.
In Atlanta, at the congregation once led by King, the Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church and other faith leaders planned a news conference to condemn Trump's "vile and racist" remarks made on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who've been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, were in a White House meeting with him Thursday when Trump, according to sources, expressed frustration with people coming to the USA from "shithole countries".
Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, said on Friday the president's reported remarks were particularly unwelcome coming on the eighth anniversary of the natural disaster which killed more than 200,000 people on the Caribbean island.
Perry said she believed presidents should be subject to a raft of tests to establish they are fit to serve.
Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?"
Q. "Do you think that this is far and away more egregious than what [other presidents] said?"
President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "s*#&hole countries" during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
But the city's Haitian community isn't buying the president's denials.
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Botswana's foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador in protest and called the comments "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".
Trump also denied saying "anything derogatory" about Haitians.
Trump tweets: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
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".
During that same meeting, a member relayed to Trump that potential welfare cuts would harm her constituents, "not all of whom are black".
Durbin, who was in the meeting with Trump, told reporters the president did say "these hate-filled things" and repeatedly called African nations "shitholes".
Graham - one of the most notable Republican advocates for both hawkish national security positions and protections for young undocumented immigrants - had recently backed off criticism of Trump as he pushed for his policy goals.
Trump first asked why the United States would want people from nations such as Haiti, and then reportedly asked why America would want immigrants from "all these shithole countries". In response to the reports, Trump tweeted that his language was "tough, but this was not the language used".
It's unclear, however, whether he was talking about Durbin refuting Trump earlier that day.
NAKASEC joined other groups in calling for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to be attached to the federal budget vote, in lieu of a massive reform bill that would include cuts to other aspects of the US immigration system. In that same time period, a total of 13.06 million foreign nationals have entered the USA through the legal immigration system, as every seven out of ten new arrivals come to the country for nothing other than family reunification.
But Trump, meanwhile, was disparaging the plan on Twitter as a "big step backwards".