The South Carolina Republican, who was on hand Thursday for the president's remarks, released a statement Friday afternoon explaining that he "said my piece directly to (Trump)".
Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks on Thursday and summoned the top USA diplomat in the country for an explanation.
But neither he nor the White House denied the most controversial of his comments: using the word "s--hole" to describe countries in Africa and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.
Trump reportedly described the homelands of migrants arriving in the United States as "sh*tholes" while at the White House on Thursday.
"Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House", she said.
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin told reporters on Friday. "No matter the colour of our skin or place of our birth we are all equal".
Trump's remarks were almost universally condemned as racist and demeaning, sparking an immediate backlash from worldwide leaders and domestic lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans. He knows absolutely nothing about these people-the pain they've faced, their harrowing journeys, or their commitment to our country, much less the cultural vibrancy of the countries they came from.
Leading US media, including the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers and CNN, quoted multiple sources saying Trump in a meeting with US lawmakers asked why the United States attracted immigrants from "shithole countries" rather than, for instance, wealthier and predominantly white Norway. "This is the president of the United States, the leader of the free world, making these racist statements".
Spokesmen for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification Friday.
"If my uncle were here today, the first thing he would say is, what are we or what are you doing for others?"
"President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace".
Fasano said Trump's comments are "beyond inappropriate and offensive" and do not reflect the values of the Republican party.
The lawmakers were describing how certain immigration programs operate, including one to give safe haven in the United States to people from countries suffering from natural disasters or civil strife.
Some in the global community questioned Trump's view of different races after he reportedly made controversial comments about Haiti and African nations.
Earlier in the day, in an interview to The Wall Street Journal, Trump asserted that he will not accept any immigration deal that does not has a provision to build a wall along the Mexico border. The lawmakers had hoped Trump would back their accord, an agreement among six senators evenly split among Republicans and Democrats, ending a monthslong, bitter dispute over protecting the "dreamers".