The president denied making the comments Friday morning in a series of tweets.
But he added that the words attributed to him were "not the language used".
"Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people: it's rich and poor, well-educated and not, good and bad", he said.
A group of Republican and Democratic senators has been working for months to craft legislation that would protect 700,000 children who were brought to the United States as illegal immigrants and later given protection from deportation under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Durbin thought it would just be the senators and Trump in the room. Last year, Trump said Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS", and that Nigerian immigrants would not "go back to their huts" after visiting the USA, according to a New York Times report. He complained that the U.S., instead, should accept people from places such as Norway. Trump specifically questioned why the US would want to admit more people from Haiti.
When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied: "We don't need more Haitians'".
When asked how his uncle would have responded to Trump's comments on Thursday, Farris Jr. said that he would have urged Trump "not to refer to African countries like that".
It also set off fresh questions of whether Trump's racist language helps or hurts him politically, particularly among the largely white, conservative voters that helped him win the presidency.
Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara, told AFP that Mr Trump's words were nothing new from a "racist and ignorant" administration, nor from the West at large.
Nevertheless, the uproar has revived attention on previous remarks by Trump that have ignited accusations of racism. He's president of the United States.
South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of "The Daily Show", described himself as an offended citizen of "South Shithole" and also criticised Mr Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants.
"Haitians don't deserve such treatment", Altidor said. But it wasn't just Democrats objecting.
"President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace", said Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House.
"Trump is absolutely right", said Mamady Traore, 30, a sociologist in Guinea.
The comment was widely condemned as racist, although Trump later denied saying "anything derogatory" about the people of Haiti. Trump's mother came from Scotland to the United States and his paternal grandparents were born in Germany. Trump has spoken positively about Haitians in public.
"I've seen the comments in the press", Durbin continued, referring to reports about the White House meeting that he attended.
Durbin and Republican Sen.
"They never took a thing from our federal government".
Amid the furor the president criticized the immigration proposal.
Echoed Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: "These comments are highly inappropriate and out of bounds and could hurt efforts for a bipartisan immigration agreement". House Republican Mia Love from Utah, who is the daughter of Haitian immigrants, released a statement demanding an apology from Trump.
The US and Haiti have always been closely intertwined. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 GOP senator, and other Republicans have derided the group of six senators as having little clout. I wouldn't say that. Federal agencies will run out of money and have to shut down if lawmakers don't pass legislation extending their financing by January 19.
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