Cedric Richmond, D-Louisiana, said Trump's comments were "yet another confirmation of his racially insensitive and ignorant views" and reinforces the concerns that "the President's slogan Make America Great Again is really code for Make America White Again".
On Thursday, Trump was in a private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration when those who attended said he questioned why the us would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.
Durbin has been working toward an immigration agreement with Republican and Democratic senators, and on hours before news of Trump's comments broke Thursday afternoon, the state's senior senator released a joint statement from the group that said a "bipartisan agreement" was at hand.
Trump suggested the USA should instead focus its immigrant entry policy on countries such as Norway.
In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Trump said the language used by him at the meeting was "tough, but this was not the language used", stressing that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians".
United Nations official Rupert Colville added "These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 'shitholes.' The exact word used by the president, not just once, but repeatedly", he said.
The comments were "clearly" racist, Kalondo said, but stressed the USA was "much stronger than the sum total of one man". Dr. Rodney Charitable is a design engineer in the defense industry and a Haitian immigrant who said the portrayal of his country is offensive.
The president later said of his controversial remarks on Twitter that "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", he said.
"Many people have been surprised from what they heard from Trump, but not me", said Syverain, a member of the Haitian American Community Church in San Jose.
Despite the back and forth regarding Trump's reported remarks, several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have decried the language and condemned the comments.
The reports prompted outrage and accusations of racism from people in the USA and the rest of the world.
"There is no question in my mind he's a racist", Pinkett, who won season four of Trump's reality show, told MSNBC's Joy Reid.