On Thursday, Trump was in a private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration when those who attended said he questioned why the USA would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.
The biggest question Friday about the latest outburst from the Oval Office appears to be whether the president used an exceedingly vulgar term to refer to the nation of Haiti, to the entire continent of Africa - which Trump may or may not be aware is not a country - or to both.
CNN news host Anderson Cooper has hit out at President Trump in an emotional speech in defence of Haiti after reports Trump questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from "s***hole countries" in Africa. Trump reportedly told the senators at Thursday's meeting that more people from countries such as Norway should be allowed into the U.S. Because Norway is an overwhelmingly white nation, the implication was that Trump wanted more whites admitted into the United States.
"It is kind of an extraordinary moment when we have to caution viewers about language that the president apparently said in the Oval Office", Chris Wallace said on Fox News.
"In addition to being insulting to us, more importantly it's quite disrespectful and insulting to the people that we're trying to help and the friends and colleagues that we've made there over the last eight years", Furey said in an interview.
Also on Friday, Trump denied making the "shithole" and Haitian comments in an early-morning Tweet.
Pascale Marra said the remark goes against a long history - more than 200 years of friendship and cooperation between the USA and Haiti, which share the same democratic values. "So, we should lead the world not only economically and militarily, but we should also lead the nations in how we respect people of all nations and all places". When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians? "Not just once but repeatedly", said Durbin.
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After the analyst revealed that her parents are Korean, Trump turned to an adviser in the room and seemed to suggest her ethnicity should determine her career path, asking why the "pretty Korean lady" isn't negotiating with North Korea on his administration's behalf, the officials said.
'My colleague, Republican senator Lindsey Graham of SC, spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said, ' Durbin said in the Capitol, CNN reported.
Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status following the 2010 quake, which seven years ago today killed 300,000 Haitians and left thousands of others displaced.
They issued a joint statement saying "We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically".
"Why don't I believe him?" The President wants funding for his election promise of building a wall on the U.S.'s southern border as part of any legislation on immigration reform.
Steven Forester, of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, blasted the president's decision to sunset TPS as racist and said the reported comments prove it.
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