Trump also questioned why the U.S. lets Haitians into the country, and mocked Durbin's assertion that African-Americans might be offended by the term "chain migration", the senator said.
Jeffress tried to draw a distinction between Christian obligation and the politics of governing. Henrik Heldahl, a commentator for the Norwegian political website Amerikansk Politikk, told the Associated Press that the sentiment would have been more welcomed if Trump used less coarse language for Haiti and African countries. "I've asked him about it a number of times and he denied, but kept up the racist rhetoric throughout the campaign and now while he's in the White House". He has repeatedly defended Trump over the past two years and has sometimes offered Christian theology as a basis for his defense.
Hillary Clinton accused President Trump of holding "ignorant, racist views" on Friday, after media reports surfaced that the president decried immigration from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, The Hill reports.
That Trump did indeed refer, repeatedly, to those nations as "shithole countries" was confirmed on Friday by Sen. Ryan said his ancestors were Irish and "were really looked down upon".
Trump's 'shithole' comments stirred anger and condemnation, but not from everyone
Trump appeared to deny using the term later in tweet. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" he said. The president's remark is "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values", she said.
President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said that the reported comments "assault the dignity of our people". "Today, Haitians are still here working hard, contributing to the social and economic fabric of this country".
"In the course of his comments, (Trump) said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", Durbin said.
Speaking to reporters Friday morning, Republican U.S. Sen.
"I know the bipartisan proposal discussed at the White House can get a lot of support from both sides".
"When it came to the issue of quote, chain migration, I said to the president, "Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?" Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust! "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems".
Noah, who is from South Africa, continued, "Personally, as someone from South Shithole, I'm offended, Mr. President".