Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was equally critical of her onetime rival in last year's presidential campaign and the U.S. ambassador to Panama has tendered his resignation amid the ongoing scandal.
In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Trump said the language used by him at the meeting was "tough, but this was not the language used", stressing that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians".
His remarks reportedly left the assembled politicians "taken aback", the paper said, with Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator for SC, and Richard Durbin, Democratic senator for IL, among those in the room.
The POTUS' mental competency has been making headlines since excerpts of the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" have been published.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor and founder of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization was measured in his response, but referred to Trump as "an enemy of compassion", and "an enemy of the state".
President Donald Trump has reportedly expressed frustration at the United States' immigration policy, asking a White House gathering of politicians why the U.S. accepted people from "s-- countries" and couldn't have more people from countries like Norway. What Trump did do, they said, was "call out the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest".
"Every one of you politicians in Washington need to be protecting your fellow Americans", Mary Anne Mendoza said on "The Story" on Friday night. Made up by Dems.
Two high-ranking Democrats - Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee - said they would call on Republican leaders to bring up a resolution reprimanding the president for "racist statements".
At the White House, he questioned why the United States should take immigrants from Haiti as well as from African nations he described as "shithole" countries.
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The new statement expresses concern over the Trump administration's apparent increasing denigration of Africa "and people of color".
His remarks have quickly spread around the world, provoking strong reactions, including those from the United Nations.
U.S. missions went into damage control mode.
"I don't think this will just blow over", said Peter Lewis, director of African Studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. "And he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters Friday.
Many of those troops are based at a USA base in the East African country of Djibouti. If the Republican leadership has a better alternative, bring it forward.
If I were a publican and heard such disparaging and upsetting remarks being publicly voiced, I would eject that person.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the most powerful Republican in the House, called the president's comments "unfortunate" and "unhelpful".
"This is very much a vile and disgusting comment coming from the president of the United States", he added. He also blamed "both sides" after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent.
But the 54 countries also thanked those Americans "from all walks of life who have condemned the remarks".
"The only thing that would attract me to immigrate to the United States is your vibrant multicultural society".