The denial late Sunday came three days after Trump was quoted as calling African nations and Haiti "shithole countries", setting off a storm of condemnation that threatened to derail a bipartisan compromise on immigration.
Referring to immigrants from African countries, Trump asked lawmakers during an Oval Office meeting on immigration reform, "Why do we want all these people from "s-hole countries" coming here?" a source briefed on the meeting told CNN.
Her comments come following a hard weekend for the president, who was accused of racism after allegedly commenting during a White House meeting: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" while discussing Haiti, El Salvador and several African countries.
"I will say I don't think the president was well served by his staff".
"I got a proposal", Graham told McClatchy Wednesday.
Booker says the words attributed to Mr. Trump cast a shadow over millions of Americans from those countries.
That's not the potential lie, however much it may strain credulity.
Trump, speaking outside his golf club in Florida on Sunday, also said he was "ready, willing and able" to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreement.
Without explicitly denying using the vulgarity, Trump lashed out at Durbin, who said Trump uttered it several times during the meeting. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was at the immigration meeting with Trump.
Trump himself marked the day with a videotaped speech posted on Twitter that alluded to King's celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech.
The group "is concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the U.S. administration towards Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color", it said.
Given that no one disputes the meaning and message of what Trump said about immigrants from foreign countries, what we are engaging in over the shithole-or-not debate is a semantic distraction.
"Did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments?" he asked reporters.
NAYLOR: Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who had previously confirmed Trump's language at last Thursday's meeting, indicated one sticking point in immigration negotiations was the president's insistence that Congress appropriate all the money he wants to build a border wall with Mexico this year rather than spreading the appropriations and construction out over a longer period. "I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed".
"I don't know if there will be a shutdown, there shouldn't be", he said. Trump announced previous year that he will end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, unless lawmakers come up with a solution by March.
"I think this man, this president, is taking us back to another place", said John Lewis, a Georgia congressman who marched with King in the 1960s. "You know, sometimes he says these things, you know, which are silly, or he doesn't really mean them or something like that".
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story mistakenly indicated that Sen. I use those words advisedly.
Durbin has said the White House should release whatever recording it might have of the meeting.
Trump was widely condemned by many African countries and by worldwide rights organisations for the comments.
Aiyi'nah Ford was blunter: "I think he's the epitome of racism, homophobia, so many things". "Take them out", he said, according to The Washington Post.
"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting", Trump tweeted, using a nickname to needle the IL senator.