He later added, "Why do we need more Haitians?".
Later on Friday morning, the president tweeted that he used tough language in the meeting, but those words are not what he used, he says. "He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly".
"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes" whose entire populations are not white and therefore not welcome", Colville went on to say during a Geneva news briefing when asked about Trump's reported comments.
Trump and the lawmakers had been discussing a visa lottery program that annually allows as many as 50,000 citizens from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States to reside in the U.S. legally, as well as programs that temporarily protect certain immigrants from deportation that the White House is ending. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" the president tweeted on Friday.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said Trump's reported language referred to those countries "disparagingly", and that the president should retract his statements. "The exact word used by the President". "Because, if it wasn't, it means we voted for a racist - like a real one - and we'd have to get pitchforks and chase him out of the White House".
Meanwhile, CNN played up the alleged "shithole" remark, running different banners all day with the word.
The bipartisan Senate plan would attempt to maintain TPS in return for ending or changing a "diversity" lottery program that has been aimed at allowing up to 50,000 people a year from countries with few emigres to the United States.
By 7:45 a.m., the president took to his favorite platform, Twitter, to address his reported comment.