In its continuing coverage of the US immigration debate, the Vatican newspaper noted media reports that President Donald Trump "used particularly harsh and offensive words about immigrants" from several countries.
Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano, who has come under fire for not forcefully criticizing Donald Trump in the past, strongly denounced the Republican President on Friday for describing Haiti and other nations as "shithole countries".
'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, ' Trump wrote, using unusually passive language in an effort to walk back the comment.
"That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 'shitholes, ' senator Dick Durbin told MSNBC".
Trump reportedly made the comment in a bipartisan meeting with Congressional lawmakers to discuss immigration.
Mr Trump's reported comments during a meeting with members of congress has sparked worldwide outrage.
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin told reporters on Friday.
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Friday declaring Martin Luther King Jr.
In respect of the tentative immigration deal that he rejected, Trump tweeted: "The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards".
Trump used the words "shithole countries" to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in response to lawmakers suggested they restore protections for immigrants from there, the Washington Post reported Thursday. "I mean, don't get me wrong it might take a few weeks but as soon as the news donkey reaches our village, we'll be so mad".
The comments were in response to a suggestion that the USA allow in immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and some African countries.
"President Trump loves all people", said Rep. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota.
"Never said take them out".
Hillary Clinton condemned President Donald Trump's reported comment Thursday about "shithole countries" in a tweet Friday marking the anniversary of the natural disaster in Haiti.
"So I see this as a thing to celebrate", he said.
Mr Trump's comments are extremely offensive to South Africa, said Jessie Duarte, a senior official with the ruling African National Congress.
Earlier in the day, in an interview to The Wall Street Journal, Trump asserted that he will not accept any immigration deal that does not has a provision to build a wall along the Mexico border. Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.
He also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.