Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", Trump added later. "Made up by Dems", Trump wrote.
Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, in charge of U.S. public diplomacy, said Mr Trump has the right to "make whatever remark he chooses", calling it the benefit of being president.
President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement denouncing what it called a "racist" view of Haitian immigrants and people from African countries.
Trump's reported comments were also taken personally by Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon in St. John's, N.L., and founder of Team Broken Earth, a group of medical professionals who responded to the Haitian quake in 2010 and has since returned to the country several times.
Among those condemning the comments were Hatian-American Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, who called the reported comments "unkind, divisive [and] elitist" and demanded that Trump apologize to Americans and nations he so 'wantonly maligned'.
"We want to be recognized as someone that is a part of American production", said Jean Garcon, who is an advisor for the Chamber.
Siplin's district includes Orlando's tourist district, where many Haitian immigrants are employed.
Although there is evidence that a family-based system of immigration provides a number of benefits to the US, that's really beside the point: Trump didn't argue for a policy that gives preference to doctors or other high-skilled workers.
"Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness", Graham said.
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Utah House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, said Trump's comments show he is a racist.
The comments were "clearly" racist, Ms Kalondo said, but stressed the USA was "much stronger than the sum total of one man". Watters went on to say.
"We were hoping for that, but the president is not prepared to do that at this moment", Durbin said.
We'll get this out of the way quickly: Calling a country or continent a "shithole" is deeply offensive, entirely unproductive and seemingly counter to core American values grounded in compassion and inclusivity.
At least 10,000 Haitian immigrants came to Southwest Florida after a 2010 natural disaster devastated their nation. Trump's message was obvious to White House spokesman Raj Shah: Trump supports "merit-based immigration", as opposed to a system that weighs family connections or country of origin.
Trump allegedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "s--hole" countries.
Most importantly, though, this is an abdication of what the presidency is supposed to be. "They are coming from either rural areas or they are [the product of fathers holding] lower skilled laborer positions in cities", she says.
DACA shields almost 800,000 young immigrants from deportation by allowing them to work and study legally in the United States.
The World Bank on Friday tweeted that sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth this year is forecast at 3.2 percent.
Haiti's Ambassador to the USA, has also formally summoned an American official to explain the president's comments and said the government "vehemently" condemned them, NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor.