The Associated Press and other media outlets reported that, according to people present at the meeting, Trump questioned "why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and '(expletive) countries'" in Africa.
The White House, in an initial statement, didn't deny the remarks, which remained unchallenged by the Trump administration until a pair of tweets from the President.
In another Twitter post, the president wrote that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very troubled and poor country". He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once".
Mr. Trumphas denied using that language but others present say he did. "They're shithole countries, we should have more people from Norway", he is alleged to have said, before also questioning the need for people from Haiti to come to the US.
Trump is claimed to have questioned why the U.S. was would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "sh**hole" countries.
"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet.
Haitian Americans and immigrants came together Friday to remember those lost in the devastating natural disaster in 2010 that killed over 300,000 people. He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future.
Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist, " while Senegal's President Macky Sall said he was shocked.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbininsists he heard the president's comments, saying reports of what he said were accurate. Durbin said, adding that the president then went on to describe African nations as "s-tholes".
He was also said to have added the suggestion that the USA should admit people from Norway instead. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who - without relating the exact details of the President's remarks - said they were not proper.
Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable", telling WPLG-TV in Miami that "if that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it".
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