Editor's note: Contains vulgar language.
At the White House meeting Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on the newly drafted, bipartisan immigration bill.
He reportedly asked, according to the Washington Post, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Two Trump allies who were in attendance, Sens. "The reported comments are not helpful".
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
The Senate group has been working for months to craft legislation that would protect 700,000 children who were brought to the United States as illegal immigrants and later given protection from deportation under a programme known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Linguistics Professor John McWhorter of Columbia University told CNN's Don Lemon Friday that there was no way to take what Trump said about "sh*thole countries" as anything but racist. And I think that any person who claims to have an absolute wonderful relationship with Haitians would know better than to suggest any kind of comment that would result in Haitians leaving this country. He added the country "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".
The U.S. president is only hurting himself both at home and overseas, some Africans said.
According to the Central Intelligence Agency fact book, Haiti is 95 percent black; El Salvador is 86.3 percent Mestizo - mixed race of native Indians and Spaniards - with 83.2 percent of Norway white. Later in the morning (Jan. 12), he deflected the blame, tweeting: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes" whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", he added.
Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez called Trump "a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution".
Earlier, the 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks, while Botswana and Senegal hauled in the USA ambassador to complain. "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit USA resources".
MS EBBA KALONDO, spokeswoman for African union chief Moussa Faki. "One of the things that we would say [is], 'We must learn to live together as brothers, ' and I'll add, as sisters, 'or perish together as fools'".
According to a press statement released by the Botswana government on Thursday, Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation summoned the US Ambassador to Botswana to express its displeasure at the utterances made by Trump.
Trump was widely derided past year after twice referring to Namibia as "Nambia". And we were always taught to love the country - and, indeed, both my sister and I are now naturalized citizens.
Many Africans reminded the United States of its historic role in the continent's woes.
On the eve of the eighth anniversary of the January 12, 2010, quake that devastated Haiti, the president, in the Oval Office, is said to have wondered aloud why he should allow immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations to enter the United States. "That is all I have to say", Kenyan entrepreneur Wangui Muraguri told the AP in response to Trump.
In Senegal's capital Dakar, administrator Idrissa Fall said "we can not really say that he (Trump) is wrong".
As outrage spread, the US government's own Africa Media Hub tried to put out the flames.