Botswana has summoned the USA ambassador to ask whether the African nation is one of the "shithole countries" referred to by Donald Trump. Donald isn't a racist.' Or just people who don't know him: 'I don't think, I think it was taken out of context, I'm not sure.' How many examples do you need of this?
The remarks stirred criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, along with the mainstream media.
Trump denied using the vulgar language in a Friday morning tweet.
Durbin told reporters on Friday that throughout the president's remarks, Trump said "things which were hate-filled, vile and racist".
Trump said, according to people briefed on the meeting who spoke with The Washington Post.
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"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted.
And that seemed to be the essence of the first response from White House officials, who did not dispute the Post's original account of Trump's remarks.
"In the spirit of the people of Haiti we feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people", Paul G. Altidor, Haiti's ambassador to the United States, explained in a statement.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said the president's comment "smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy".
"Never said take them out". He also suggested his future meetings with lawmakers be recorded.
As the administration attempted to "stabilize" and move the conversation away from the president's mental fitness, his comment welcomed detractions even from his allies.