In his meeting with a group of senators, he had questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation.
The White House has also led a almost yearlong campaign to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the United States, as part of broader immigration restriction efforts.
At first, he admitted he had used "tough" language, yet simultaneously denied using the exact words the media was reporting on.
Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith.
White House spokesman Raj Shad defended the president but did not directly deny his remarks.
"I want to take a moment to talk about Haiti, one of the places the President of the United States called a "sh**hole country", Mr Cooper started his speech live on air.
"Haitians don't deserve such treatment", said Ambassador Paul Altidor.
Solberg, whose office also declined to comment on Trump's remarks, is expected to announce soon an expansion of her cabinet to include Norway's Liberal Party, a centrist group that favours strong environmental policies and more immigration.
Durbin said the president "said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly". He did so after Mr. Trump tweeted a denial, saying that he used "tough" language but "not that language".
"We can now we say with 100% confidence that the president is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our constitution".
Those who work at and visit the restaurant say they love their country, and they love America, but they are concerned about the rhetoric coming out of Washington, D.C.
"We want to be recognized as someone that is a part of American production", said Jean Garcon, who is an advisor for the Chamber.
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", he tweeted. "Most of us have assimilated, raised our kids here and are contributing and doing well".
Before the "shithole" controversy, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump is personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the US and buying tons of USA military hardware".
A prominent evangelical supporter of President Donald Trump's is standing by him after Trump used a vulgarity to describe African countries.
"I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the president's comments".
The Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro said the problem with Trump's remarks was that he used a curse word and that "he said it behind closed doors unlike Joe Biden, while Conservative pundit Ann Coulter said that "s***hole countries" should be given respect by being called "s***hole nations".