Sessions is a longtime critic of the country's system that allows people with relatives in the United States a chance to apply for visas.
Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who both attended the Thursday meeting, said in a statement that they "do not recall the president saying these comments specifically".
"This is like throwing gasoline to the fire", Representative Adriano Espaillat, a New York Democrat, said of Trump's reported language.
At the White House meeting Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on the newly drafted, bipartisan immigration bill.
But many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers slammed the President.
Some lawmakers took a hard line against Trump's statement, while others were more forgiving. "Let's not judge the president on what he says". We hear what he called the countries of Africa - we won't repeat the word again - and we think "That's Trump" and go home to dinner.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump insisted in a series of Friday morning tweets, pushing back on some depictions of the meeting. He did not address the reports that he disparaged African nations and ignored questions about the comments from reporters. He didn't reveal any new racism. Absent a budget, the federal government will have to shut down. He aggressively pushed for the death penalty for a group of black and Latino teenagers who were accused of raping a white woman in Central Park but later exonerated. "As a grandson of immigrants I believe that immigrants add greatly to American life and culture".
Trump allegedly questioned why the US doesn't admit more immigrants from countries like Norway, whose prime minister visited the White House this week.
Her comment comes at the end of a long day for the President, who has been nearly universally lambasted for his vulgar language and his distinctly unpresidential conduct. Some African governments found themselves in an awkward position as top recipients of U.S. aid but Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist".
"Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate", South African media outlet Daily Maverick wrote.
"This is not an example of a leak that shows the president to be a jerk", Naftali said.
"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people [of] certain colours", Congressman Luis Gutierrez said. The White House later denied he used the word AIDS to describe Haitians.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who wasn't in the meeting, in a tweet called the president's remarks, "Breathtakingly offensive". Trump reportedly said. "Take them out".
Botswana wasn't the only country to lash out against the president's comments.
Some African governments found themselves in a hard position.
Many supporters and critics swiftly condemned the president's comments, while some of his biggest supporters defended him.
Trump did not respond to shouted questions about his comments as he signed a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Since Mr. Trump's decision, more than 14,000 people have seen their protections expire. "He wants to help our community".
"Vulgarity and disrespect have no place in public comments". "There is no other word you can use but "racist". He said, 'Oh, that's a good line.' And then when I talked to him about the impact this has on family unification, in a nation that values families with the flag as the most important symbols of our future, they scoffed at this notion. "This preceded Donald Trump", he added, dismissing the president as someone "whose tweets cause people to cringe".
Historian Ibram X. Kendi, author of "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History or Racist Ideas in America", said he notices a reluctance to use the term.
The African Union (AU) told the Associated Press it was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's comment.