As Trump shook hands with people at the event, reporters took the moment to ask him questions related to his remarks about Haiti and African countries. Richard Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, appeared to confirm those reports on Friday.
According to the Washington-based news website, AU said that Trump's remarks "dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity". He was given information on how certain immigration programmes operated, including one which would allow people from countries suffering from natural disasters or unrest, such as Haiti and El Salvador, to stay in the US. The comments, allegedly made by Trump, have also prompted widespread accusations of racism and disrespect towards other nations.
Pugh called upon all elected leaders, regardless of party, to condemn the president's comments. When Haitians' protected status came up, Durbin said Trump responded "Haitians?"
"I read those comments later last night, the first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful", the Wisconsin Republican said Friday at the WisPolitics Luncheon in Milwaukee.
Trump has since denied using such vulgar language, tweeting that 'the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. Those briefed about the meeting told The Washington Post that the president singled out Haiti, and said immigrants from that country should be left out of any deal. "There is no other word one can use but 'racist, '" United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing. "Google Abuja and find what the description of what the president says".
"I want to add this for the record".
It also underlined the strong historical ties between the two countries and urged the U.S. to respect the dignity of its "noble and courageous" people. Those affected have until 2019 to leave the US or, if eligible, seek alternative immigration status.
Initially, the White House did not deny Trump's racially charged comments, but Trump claimed today he did not utter such disparaging words during a recent meeting at the Oval Office.