Trump reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "sh**hole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.
Trump denied on Friday using such derogatory language, but he was widely condemned in many African countries and in Haiti and El Salvador, and by worldwide rights organisations. Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire said no one at the White House denied "that he used these vulgar terms to describe these immigrants". Mahama's tweet used an altered image of an Oval Office meeting featuring Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to mock that mistake. After reports emerged that the president used the discriminatory, crass language to express his distaste for offering protections to Haitian and El Saldavorian immigrants (as well as immigrants from certain African countries), he faced widespread backlash.
The church says they have been working with refugees in Haiti since the island was struck by a 7.0 magnitude quake that killed more than 220,000 people in 2010. Democratic senator Dick Durbin also condemned Mr Trump's language during the meeting as "hate-filled, vile and racist".
Haitians and Africans in Maryland say they don't think they should be written off. "Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but ´racist´", Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.
"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socio-economic or other difficulties", Duarte said, adding that much like their African counterparts, millions of U.S. citizens were affected by problems such as unemployment. "Probably should record future meetings".
Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte were both there, as was White House aide Stephen Miller, a proponent of severely limiting immigration.
Mr Trump has denied using that language, but others present said that he did. "For years, I and others have been trying to tell you, the American people, that this man has been exhibiting bigoted behavior".
Trump suggested the United States should instead focus its immigrant entry policy on countries such as Norway. I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations.