Trump, apparently upset with aspects of the deal that only curtailed the visa lottery programme by 50 per cent instead of completely eliminating it, questioned why the USA should be taking people from "shithole countries", The Washington Post reported, citing unnamed people briefed on the meeting.
Salvador Sánchez, the president of El Salvador, said Trump's words had "struck at the dignity of Salvadorans". "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems".
The United Nations on Friday slammed US President Donald Trump's reported description of African nations and Haiti as "s...hole" countries as "shocking and shameful", and "racist". Though the White House flatly denied the report, given Trump's other colorful language to describe non-white foreigners, it certainly seems credible. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"
President Donald Trump was meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office Thursday about a compromise on the DACA program that would allow immigrants brought here as children by their parents to stay.
Leading US media, including the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers and CNN, quoted multiple sources saying Trump in a meeting with US lawmakers asked why the United States attracted immigrants from "shithole countries" rather than, for instance, wealthier and predominantly white Norway.
Trump's comments are extremely offensive to South Africa, said Jessie Duarte, a senior official with the ruling African National Congress.
We'll update this as more responses emerge.
U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican from Charlotte, went on WBT Friday morning to defend Trump's remarks and did so with incredibly twisted logic.
Mr Trump also took issue with the idea that, while a lottery that benefits people from Africa and other nations would be ended, there could be another way for them to apply.
The meeting in question took place to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to seek temporary protection, which Trump proposes to scrap entirely.
The Trump administration recently made a decision to soon end Temporary Protected Status for citizens of countries like Haiti and El Salvador, who came to the U.S.to escape natural disasters.