"I can not imagine that in the history of [the Oval Office], that hallowed room, where the president of the United States goes to work every day, there has ever been a conversation quite like that".
But nearly immediately a senator who attended the meeting said it was "the exact word used by the president - not just once but repeatedly". He tweeted, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough but this was not the language used". And for all of you who over the last few years who have uttered that exhausted, lazy, uninformed, uneducated, ignorant, response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior "racist"? In his tweet, he admitted to using "tough" lanuage but denied using the word "s**thole". "There were witnesses. There were 12 of us in the room".
Two Republican senators present released a statement saying they did not recall the now infamous remarks (one is jockeying for the President to appoint him the next Director of the CIA).
"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people [of] certain colours", Congressman Luis Gutierrez said.
Sundrop Carter, of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, says there's a way to show they disagree with the president.
Jeffress said Trump got the "sentiment" correct and he was "right on target" by questioning why the USA accepts immigrants from those countries during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers.
Surrounded by African-Americans, including the nephew of the civil rights leader and Republican Ben Carson who delivered a speech, Mr Trump said: "Dr King opened the eyes and lifted the conscience of our nation. What happens to the students that remain?" said Durbin.
The report claimed Trump called those turmoil-ridden nations a "shithole".
Orlando's Haitian community reacts to Trump remark
Francois came to Orlando from Haiti in 1983 and says to hear what President Trump said about her country hurt. Haiti's ambassador to the US says he and the Haitian government "vehemently condemn" the president's remark.
DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation. He added: "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly".
"Haitians fought along USA soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and we continue to be great contributors to American society", Altidor added.
On Thursday, a leaked discussion at the White House on immigration alleged Trump asked Senators why the USA was not prioritizing immigration from prosperous nations like Norway, rather than mass immigrating foreign nationals from Haiti, El Salvador, and other turmoil-ridden nations. "When it came to the issue of 'chain migration, ' I said to the president, 'Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?' African Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains. He said, 'That's a good line, ' dismissing it", Durbin said.
"I appreciate Senator Durbin's statements and have enjoyed working with him and many others on this important issue", Graham said in the statement.
Durbin, a key negotiator in DACA talks, recounted the meeting on MSNBC Friday, saying, "He said, 'Haitians".
"While expressing our shock, dismay and outrage, the African Union strongly believes that there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current administration", the statement said.
"If you're trying to push the black people, Spanish people out of America, then why did we fight for America back in the day?" "The president will always reject temporary, weak and risky stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway". "American immigration policy can not and should not be guided in any way, shape or form by racism".