Trump was unapologetic, denied being racist and blamed his usual scapegoat - the media.
According to reports, Trump balked at an immigration deal that included protections for legal immigrants from Haiti and El Salvador, comparing those countries to latrines and asking "Why are we having all these people from (dung) hole countries come here?"
The remarks drew a firestorm of criticism, including accusations that the president is a racist and speculation that this could stall talks on immigration reform.
To no surprise president started tweeting this morning denying that he used those words.
"I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals".
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
At an event on Friday at the White House, Mr Trump honoured the memory of Martin Luther King Jr, the civil-rights era activist who was slain in 1968.
The church says they have been working with refugees in Haiti since the island was struck by a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster that killed more than 220,000 people in 2010.
Trump has essentially told the world that we didn't really mean it when we said that we were a different kind of nation - one built on ideas and not on blood. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative solution.
The reports prompted outrage and accusations of racism from people in the United States and the rest of the world. "When you see children who are kidnapped or placed to become soldiers or children that are killed, those are the conversations I would like to see us have as far as Africa is concerned".
But Senator Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the room, disputed the president's account. More than 50,000 Haitian TPS recipients live in South Florida, which is home to the largest concentration of Haitians in the nation.
"I did consider the remark to be completely inappropriate and somewhat offensive", Rosen said.
"We've got this bipartisan group. And he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters Friday.
Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday and a United States senator who attended the gathering said on Friday that the president used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "shithole".
So, if I'm talking to President Trump today, what we're asking - we're asking two things. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"