Trump has been accused of using a vulgar word to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting last week with a bipartisan group of senators.
The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.
Trump has threatened to end DACA, but he seemed to keep the door open for a deal when he told reporters before dinner on Sunday night: "We're ready, willing and able to make a deal on DACA, but I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal...."
"I think it's unfair to all of a sudden sort of paint him, 'Oh well, he's a racist, '" he said, "when I know for a fact that he cares very deeply about the people of Haiti because he helped finance a trip where they would get vision back for 200 people in Haiti".
Trump signed an executive order ending DACA, but gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a solution for the 800,000 young immigrants affected by the program. They said Durbin has a "history" of misrepresenting what was said at White House meetings.
Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who also attended Thursday's meeting, initially said they did not hear Trump utter the word in question, then revised their account to deny he said it at all.
On Friday, Durbin said: "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".
Trump's political brand was built on appeal to whites, many of them of modest income and education, who embraced his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan and promises to restore blue-collar jobs and American worldwide prestige.
A confidant of Trump told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks. "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems". Trump announced previous year that he will end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, unless lawmakers come up with a solution by March. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.
The person believes the discrepancy may be why some Republican senators are denying having heard the president say "shithole". "They were not made", Trump said.
President Trump tweeted Monday that U.S. Sen.
Trump is tying an extension of DACA to funding for a wall along the U.S. - Mexican border. As reported by The Post, he suggested in a meeting with lawmakers last week that the United States should instead accept more immigrants from countries such as Norway.