Reports earlier quoted Trump, in an Oval Office meeting on Thursday, as asking why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s**thole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway. He went on to criticize the immigration deal, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"
Senator Durbin, a member of the Democratic Party, was at the White House meeting on Thursday.
"I was very proud of him, it took courage for what he did", Durbin said. What does it say when you hear that he made these remarks in what was a semi-private context?
"I do appreciate their support and I'd like to continue their support and not be distracted by any false messages that can be propagated about Haitian people", he said.
Senator Durbin said that after yesterday's meeting any hope for a deal "died"."We should have more people from Norway".
Even some of Trump's closest allies said they didn't feel the comments were appropriate if true. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" the president added.
The actor, who founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, recalled spending months working as one of 30 volunteers who helped the Haitian people rebuild the country following the deadly disaster.
Media reports said Trump used the offensive term when Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham reported to him on a newly-written immigration bill. People have come to this country from everywhere, and people from everywhere have made America great.
But nearly immediately a senator who attended the meeting said it was "the exact word used by the president - not just once but repeatedly".
"My colleague, Republican Sen".
Meanwhile, Voice of America " s Thai service, which is backed by the U.S., printed an explanation of the word itself: "This English word could translate as a "hole of waste from excrement', which reflects that he considered [them] low-class countries".