Tim Scott: Reports About Trump Comments 'Basically Accurate'

The question came at a White House event honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

President Donald Trump, looks to Brooke Rollins, President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, as she speaks during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the Washington, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Another cardinal highlighted the role Haitians played in the founding of his city and offered a twist on Mr. Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again".

The president commended the reverend's courage to stand up for his fellow Americans.

"Even with deference", she said, "construing them in the light most favourable to the president, it's tricky to see the national security rationale in those".

In further emphasizing the civil rights leader's lasting impact, the president said his words and vision only grow stronger as time goes by. Trump made it very clear that he believed that they're "shitholes" because they are countries that are populated by people of color, and they are not as economically developed as countries like Norway, which are primarily white, first world nations.

Narkewicz, who said he has Haitian family members, called Trump's comments "despicable" over Twitter early Friday morning.

Durbin said that when the question was asked about Haitians at the meeting, the president said, "Hatians?"

Trump during the session with members of Congress reportedly questioned why the USA should accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa instead of from nations such as Norway.

Trump made the remarks Thursday during a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office who discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan deal on the status of undocumented young US immigrants, The Washington Post reported.

Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate, South African media outlet Daily Maverick wrote.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Mr Trump said.

Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.

"In the course of (Trump's) comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist", the IL senator said Friday.

But neither the United States president nor the White House disputed the most controversial of his remarks in which he used the word "shithole" to describe African nations and said he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead. He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly'.

But Durbin, the Senate' s No. 2 Democrat, said the comments about Haiti were made directly at him. The Illinois Democrat said, "I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday". "This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia", United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said.

"It makes me embarrassed to have this guy as the president of my country", said Raoul, who's running in Illinois' March primary for state attorney general.

The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. "Each comment conveys more jingoistic flag-waving and the illusion of a common enemy, which contributes to some people instinctively and protectively guarding themselves and their sense of identity".

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's lobbying arm, who has criticized Trump in the past, did not directly criticize the president but tweeted comments blasting the sentiment.