Several lawmakers say President Trump used a demeaning expletive to refer to Haiti and African nations during a meeting Thursday.
Members of New York City's Haitian community agreed.
Trump a year ago ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided protection from deportation along with the ability to work legally in the U.S. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.
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.
At one point, Trump, according to two sources, said: "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?" "We should bring in more people from places like Norway", he added.
Before the "shithole" controversy, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump is personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the USA and buying tons of US military hardware".
Jeffress is an informal advisor to Trump and has visited the White House. "He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly".
Durbin praised Graham for being willing to confront the president over remarks roundly criticized as crude or racist on Friday - a term used by Hillary Clinton. The president insisted on Twitter Friday that he didn't use that language.
"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socio-economic or other difficulties", Duarte said, adding that much like their African counterparts, millions of USA citizens were affected by problems such as unemployment. "I'll take a downtrodden Haitian, Salvadoran or African who hungers for and will defend freedom and opportunity in America over a privileged bigot who'd sell our liberty to the highest bidder any day", he said.
Senator Durbin, a member of the Democratic Party, was at the White House meeting on Thursday. Durbin told reporters in Chicago.More news: Fossils show butterflies appeared on Earth before flowers
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When asked what Trump had said in the meeting, Durbin said, "I can not believe that in the history of the White House and of that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".
"You've seen the comments in the press", he explained.
One Twitter user made a meme featuring Ann Coulter holding a sign saying "I'm a miserable person who peddles hate to make money off of dumb republicans".
The Nordic country, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita, was previous year named the happiest nation on the planet and is known for a cradle-to-grave welfare state funded in part by large reserves of oil and natural gas. "It is reprehensible, it is disgusting, it is racist".
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has been negotiating the immigration policy deal with Durbin and Graham, said in an interview that he was not at the meeting but heard about Trump's comments "before it went public".
Some African governments found themselves in a hard position.
Sylvester Odion Akhaine teaches global relations at the Lagos State University in Nigeria.
Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.
"If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States". "There is no other word one can use but 'racist, '" United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing.
NAKASEC joined other groups in calling for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to be attached to the federal budget vote, in lieu of a massive reform bill that would include cuts to other aspects of the USA immigration system.