"Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?" the president said in the Thursday afternoon Oval Office meeting with a handful of members of the House and Senate. He then suggested America take immigrants from Norway instead, whose prime minister Trump had met with the previous day.
Florida Governor Rick Scott released a statement early Thursday evening in response to the reports of what the president said.
Trump was said to have made similar comments during an Oval Office meeting with Cabinet officials and administration aides past year.
He allegedly called a specific country a terrorist haven and stated that all the people in another country have AIDS.
People in that meeting say the president used an expletive to describe Haiti and nations in Africa. Richard Durbin talked about Haiti, Trump began to ask why we want people from Haiti and more Africans in the United States.
Known as a "model minority" in the US, Trump said that he would be open to more Asian migrants however, reported the Chicago Tribune. "The president must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned".
In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said.
"I honestly can not imagine the pain that those Oval Office comments are causing for immigrants and people of color everywhere", Schatz said, on the social media network. "The White House must immediately explain the situation and leave no doubt regarding what was said and in what context", he added.
Donald Trump was slammed for his vulgar language by several Democrat and some Republican lawmakers who said that it was unbecoming of a leader to use such filthy language.
The President "will always reject temporary, weak and unsafe 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", they added.