"The Haitian government condemns in the strongest terms these abhorrent and obnoxious remarks which, if proven, reflect a totally erroneous and racist view of the Haitian community and its contribution to the United States", it said. Made up by Dems.
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said Graham told him it was true. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians!" he posted. Susan Collins said the president should not denigrate citizens from other countries, and described his words as "completely inappropriate". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" he added.
"In the course of his comments, said things which were hate filled, vile and racist".
"You've seen the comments in the press - I have not read one of them that's inaccurate", Durbin said Friday.
The White House did not initially deny the remarks but Trump later denied using the controversial words in a tweet.
Republican Senators David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who both attended the meeting, said in a statement they did not "recall the president saying these comments specifically". He said Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Rodrigue told him the USA chargé d'affaires in Haiti had been summoned to explain the reported comments.
"And then he went on when we started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure", Durbin said.
Botswana also said it had summoned the USA ambassador to that country, Earl Miller, to "express its displeasure" and had asked Miller whether Botswana "is regarded as a "s**thole" country". The largest group is El Salvadoran, the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian.