It also underlined the strong historical ties between the two countries and urged the U.S. to respect the dignity of its "noble and courageous" people.
Samantha Power, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, wrote on Twitter that she had "never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United Nations".
But Senator Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the room, disputed the president's account. "I've always believed that America is an idea, not definied by its people but by its ideals". He did not specifically deny using the word "shithole".
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President Trump tweeted he never said anything derogatory about Haitians, other than Haiti is a very poor and troubled country. Senator Dick Durbin claimed the president said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.
During a segment on Cooper's show, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said that "this president, deep down, may just be a racist". The vast damage that the 7.0-magnitude quake caused to the island's infrastructure and economy led to the designation for Haitians of a US immigration protection known as Temporary Protected Status.
In a tweet Friday, Trump called the language he used Thursday "tough" but denied using the term "s***hole" while meeting with lawmakers about immigration policies. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!".
The physical exam was conducted by Dr. Ronny Jackson, who has served for Presidents George W. Bush, Obama and Trump, at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, according to Vox. The comments, allegedly made by Trump, have also prompted widespread accusations of racism and disrespect towards other nations.
Trump tweets: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
He also said he appreciated Durbin's statements, and he remains committed to a bipartisan solution to keep Dreamers in the country. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!
Leanne Manas, a news anchor for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tweeted Friday morning, "Good morning from the greatest most lovely "s-thole country" in the world!"