Haiti's ambassador to Washington, Paul Altidor, said it was distressing that attention was drawn to the comments on Friday, the eighth anniversary and day of remembrance for about 220,000 people killed on the island by a devastating quake. And when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, "Haitians?". "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems".
Hillary Clinton condemned President Donald Trump's reported comment Thursday about "shithole countries" in a tweet Friday marking the anniversary of the quake in Haiti.
Durbin, speaking to reporters on Friday, contradicted Trump's claim.
Mr Trump continued: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".
A spokesman for the United Nations said Friday that Trump's reported words were racist. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" the president added.
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. But Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, was adamant and convincing Friday when he insisted that Trump did say it and said it repeatedly. Durbin said the president, "said things which were hurtful, vile, and racist".
US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, yesterday.
"You've seen the comments in the press", he explained.
In the past, Narkewicz has been highly critical of the president, openly criticizing Trump during campaign speeches and in public meetings for his policies on immigration and minorities.
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.
Mr. Trump's reported remarks came as both Republican and Democratic lawmakers visited him on Thursday to propose a deal on immigration.Mr. Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, USA should be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.
Washington this week announced the end of a special protected status for around 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants in the United States, straining ties between the two countries. The largest group is El Salvadoran and the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian.
The Haitian government the president's remarks and formally summoned an American official to explain them, Haiti's ambassador to the USA, told NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor. Trump also allegedly asked, "Why do we need more Haitians?".