Multiple news outlets - including NPR - have reported that Trump used a vulgarity during a meeting with senators to discuss a possible deal on immigration. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made".
US President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to deny he insulted Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" but admitted in a tweet that he used "tough" language during a discussion about an immigration deal with lawmakers.
Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern.
"He said things about Haiti and El Salvador, and we should have more people from Norway", Kilmeade said. Trump has since tweeted that he used "tough" language during the meeting but never used the derogatory language that has caused outrage across the globe.
While Trump and his critics debate the precise language he used about Haiti in a discussion of immigration, he has shown personal enmity for the island nation's people with his administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status for the almost 60,000 Haitians who came to the United States as a result of the quake. Durbin said. "I've not seen one of them that's inaccurate. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians!" he posted.
Speaking to reporters in Chicago Friday, Illinois Democratic Sen.
President Donald Trump did not respond to questions about his use of a vulgarity or his question about why the USA should accept more immigrants from Haiti and African nations than from countries like Norway.
Durbin added: "He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly".
"Haitians fought along United States soldiers in the Revolutionary War and we continue to be great contributors to American society", the ambassador, Paul Altidor, told MSNBC. "Why don't we get more people from Norway?"
Immigration legislation has become time-sensitive because when Trump ended the DACA program in September he gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative solution before announcing that deportations would begin.
Durbin said "shitholes" was "the exact word used by the president not just once but repeatedly".
A Republican strategist who serves as an outside adviser to the White House also waved off the whole controversy - and embraced the substance of the president's argument about immigration to the U.S.
The unofficial spokesman for President Trump's evangelical advisory council on Friday defended the president for comments he was said to have made about immigrants from places including Africa and Central America.
However, critics of the president, including some in his own Republican Party, spent Friday blasting the vulgar comments he made behind closed doors.
Durbin said that he and Graham talked about people living in the United States on "temporary protected status" - people from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti.
Trump's comments this week saw a plethora of pundits calling him a "racist".
He's also insulting the very idea that our democracy was founded on - that the country is a welcoming promised land: "Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore".