At the White House meeting Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on the newly drafted, bipartisan immigration bill.
African politicians and diplomats labelled U.S. President Donald Trump a racist yesterday after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "shithole" countries.
For his part, Durbin told the president, "I raised the point If you exclude Haitians from this group of temporary protected people, the conclusion is obvious". Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin said Friday that Trump "said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly". "We, along with the president, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades", the statement said.
"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville.
Meanwhile, the USA ambassador to Panama resigned yesterday, saying that he no longer felt able to serve Donald Trump.
"The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe".
Trump on Thursday rejected a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security.
US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said: "The first thing that came to mind was very unfortunate and unhelpful".
Graham's statement did not detail what Trump said or what Graham told the president in response.
If Trump can use his vile brand of "tough language" about entire nations of people, he should be willing to listen when somebody throws words like "racist" and "ignorant" right back at him, right?
He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once". Some African governments found themselves in an awkward position as top recipients of USA aid but Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist".
He didn't appear that outraged over what some claim the president said, but he said it will be tough to keep his country's respect with such language. "The president of the United States said it, so you do have to deal with it". Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.
"When we see fundamental indecency and immorality, especially in high places, we need to stand up and SAY SOMETHING", he tweeted.
"What the president said is offensive and doesn't reflect who we are as a country", Murkowski stated in an email distributed by her spokeswoman.
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt had earlier tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump are personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the United States and buying tons of U.S. military hardware".
Amid the furore the president criticized the immigration proposal.