Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein called the comments "beneath the dignity of the presidency" and said Trump's desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway was "an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogeneous, white society".
He said that Trump and Carson, the lone African-American member of the Cabinet, were talking about the fallout from Thursday's vulgar remarks when Trump turned to him and said, "I am not the person that the media is making me out to be".
Mr Trump on Friday tweeted that his language he used at the private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation had been "tough". The most "tough" thing at the scandalous meeting was the "outlandish proposal" made by the bipartisan group on DACA, he added.
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", said Sen.
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"And the response of the Haitian diaspora, the response of Canadians to that bad tragedy is one that we can all be proud of".
"Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?"
Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, did not provide details of the conversation but said the senator was "encouraged" by Trump's reaction.
"However, there's a strong argument to be made that calling Trump's remark racist is not an opinion, it is fact - given the dictionary definition of 'racist'".
She said the reports of President Donald Trump's comments did not surprise her. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of IL, who was present at the meeting, said the reports were accurate and that "shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly". He encourages the enslavement of America by a core minority of our electorate; he massages into them the notion that American principal lives not in the belief and sacrifice of their own ancestors or our country's forefathers, but rather in their own pain, rage and fear. The world is witnessing a new low today with this #S-tholeNations remark! totally unacceptable! uncalled for moreover it shows a lack a respect and IGNORANCE never seen before in the recent history of the U.S. by any President!
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