In a video published in the CNN, US senator Dick Durbin said that Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist", adding that "I can not believe that in the history of the White House, and that of Office, any president has ever spoken those words". The President did not answer.
Mia Love, the only Haitian-American in Congress, called on President Donald Trump to apologize after he reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa as "s***hole countries" during an Oval Office meeting.
He continued an hour later, tweeting, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
Trump's alleged remarks are certain to further inflame Haitians already angered by his decision to rescind Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for refugees from the island.
"Many people have been surprised from what they heard from Trump, but not me", said Syverain, a member of the Haitian American Community Church in San Jose. "But I've never met a Haitian who isn't strong". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust".
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While Kalondo said the comments were "clearly" racist, she didn't believe they indicated a shift in the U.S. stance towards Africa.
The Associated Press reported that the White House did not deny Trump's remark, but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".
"We have been here for a long time and have contributed to what the United States is today".
When Ryan asked her in February if he planned to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus, he replied: "I'll tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting?" he said. "An bad a lot of immigrants come to this country from other places that aren't very nice". The comments, allegedly made by Trump, have also prompted widespread accusations of racism and disrespect towards other nations.
Friday morning, Trump also took to the social media website to address the criticism after Illinois Democratic Sen. The president tweeted that he used "tough" language but that that was "not the language used".