According sources in the Oval Office meeting between Trump and lawmakers, the president referred to Africa, saying, "why do we want all these people from "sh-hole countries" coming here?"
The Trump administration announced late previous year that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States following a devastating 2010 natural disaster.
Graham went onto say, "The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe".
Although it is being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial.
Durbin said that despite Trump's rejection of the bipartisan deal he would introduce it as legislation next week and work on getting Democratic and Republican support for passage. "Unfortunately, it becomes more apparent every day that "Make America Great Again" is merely a euphemism for 'Make America WHITE again'". It is not true. "Some of their own leaders have taken advantage of them", she said.
The United Nations' human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva that Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful". It's not how a president should behave.
And so the more the president reveals himself, however horrific it is to our ears, the more that federal courts are armed with the kind of evidence necessary to strike down his laws.
Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on Twitter Friday morning.
Biden, who got a reputation for for public gaffes while in office, has not closed the door on a possible presidential run against Trump.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", he wrote.
U.S. President Donald Trump's use of a vulgar term to describe African countries triggered widespread condemnation, and left the small cluster of immigration hard-line groups whose agenda Trump has embraced scrambling to distance themselves from the president. He was fuming about the latest bipartisan deal on immigration. President Obama, whose father was from Kenya, has not responded.
Trump's reportedly crude outburst against migrants from the African continent and Haiti have set off a firestorm of global rebuke.
"He didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest - so white they wear moon-screen", he said. "Listen, I'm sure the fact that the counties he described as "sh*tholes" are mostly populated by people of color and the immigrants he wants from Norway are not is a coincidence", the host said.
Mia Love, a congresswoman from Utah who is of Haitian descent, called Mr Trump's reported comments "unkind" and "divisive", and demanded an apology.
"Ours is not a s**thole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", said Duarte.
Sen. Jeff Flake, a fierce Republican critic of the president, was not at the meeting but tweeted that he had heard directly from those who were in attendance. "We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries".