"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", said spokesperson Ebba Kalondo. The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".
The criticisms were a part of a worldwide outcry against Trump's remarks, which the president denied saying at a private meeting with lawmakers in the White House on Thursday.
South Carolina Republican Sen.
David Perdue, Republicans who've been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, were also in the meeting but issued a carefully worded statement after Trump tweeted Friday morning that the description of his remarks was not accurate.
On Friday, Trump tweeted: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
House Speaker Paul Ryan said the vulgar language was "very unfortunate, unhelpful".
"I planned to hold my two daughters a little bit tighter tonight, especially my youngest who was the baby I kept in my arms to keep myself from curling up in a fetal position each time I saw a child being pulled from under a school or house on my television screen". The reports about Trump's remarks are "absolutely suspect and politicized", Moore said.
Trump a year ago ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided protection from deportation and the ability to legally work in the country.
The president suggested that instead, the US should allow more entrants from countries like Norway. "Take them out." Meaning take them out of the deal. He added the country "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".
Trump was quoted in the Washington Post as having said: 'Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?' during a discussion about immigration.
When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Mr Durbin said the president replied: "We don't need more Haitians".
President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for stalled immigration negotiations amid backlash over vulgar comments he made in the Oval Office while meeting with lawmakers this week.
Haitians agree Haiti is a shithole country which is why they desperately try to escape it.
The acclaimed novelist said that Haiti is a country of great art and culture.
After making the "shithole" comment, Trump suggested the United States should instead welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister he met on Wednesday.
Donald Trump opened his mouth and something racist came out, shocking approximately zero persons.
Durbin also recounted a "heartbreaking moment" when Trump and others "scoffed" at his comments about the importance of family-based immigration. He also blamed "both sides" after a white supremacist rally in August in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent and a woman protesting against the rally was killed.
Republican Senator James Lankford said in a statement: "If these comments are accurate, they are disappointing".
In an oddly-timed coincidence, the U.S. president yesterday signed a declaration honoring killed civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, three days before the federal holiday celebrated in his honor. We are entrepreneurs, big and small, dreamers, workers.
He was referring to January 19, when funds for operating federal agencies expires. Republican lawmakers introduced legislation in 2017 that would cut or eliminate some long-standing parts of the US immigration system, but none of the bills passed. But there was no indication that those four leaders were planning to meet over the long Martin Luther King Day federal holiday weekend or when they might produce legislation.