Trump was in a closed meeting with members of Congress to discuss immigration on Thursday when he reportedly questioned why the US would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa, rather than places like Norway.
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", Trump added later.
Trump is demanding an end to the diversity visa lottery, which to people from countries that send comparatively few immigrants to the US, many of them in Africa.
But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), whom Durbin said had voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks. To no surprise, the President started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is a handsome story of America, and that is a great story and that is the story we have today and that is a story we had yesterday and that is what makes this country so exceptional and unique in the first place.
"As individual Christians, we have a biblical responsibility to place the needs of others above our own, but as Commander-in-Chief, President Trump has the constitutional responsibility to place the interest of our nation above the needs of other countries".
President Donald Trump's invitation to Norwegians to immigrate to the United States, while railing against entrants from "shithole" countries, has received a glacial reception in this Nordic country.
Cotton and Perdue are co-sponsors of legislation that would enact severe restrictions on legal immigration - a bill Trump has said he supports but that senior GOP leaders have said could not pass Congress.
U.S. remains committed to working together w/Africans to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa.
The resolution could be embarrassing for Trump if Republican leaders of the lower house allow a vote on it.
The African Group of UN ambassadors said it was "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media".
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) yesterday offered a tearful apology on the Senate floor for comparing the alleged abuse of prisoners by American troops to techniques used by the Nazis, the Soviets and the Khmer Rouge, as he sought to quell a frenzy of Republican-led criticism.
Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful" and "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist", said a spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, Rupert Colville. "We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries".
Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin, who is of Haitian ancestry, said Friday that Trump is misinformed about the island nation, the first independent country founded by freed slaves.
After the January 12, 2010 natural disaster, the USA came to Haiti's assistance and was the largest provider of aid. Trump wrote, "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".
Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" after triggering global outrage.
This wouldn't be the president's first racially charged remark.
Most importantly, though, this is an abdication of what the presidency is supposed to be. The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.
The World Bank on Friday tweeted that sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth this year is forecast at 3.2 percent. He ignored her, and she asked the same question again. But his campaign was accused of being rooted in racism from the start; calling Mexicans rapists, battling parents of a Muslim soldier killed during war, supporting violence against minority protesters at his rally and vehemently supporting a wall between the United States and Mexico.