The Washington Post reported that several people who were in the meeting said the president grew frustrated with lawmakers when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal. Richard Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, appeared to confirm those reports on Friday.
The UN human rights office said US President Donald Trump's reported use of an expletive to describe Africa and other countries could "potentially damage and disrupt the lives of many people". Trump spent about three hours with military doctors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Maryland, an exam that White House doctor Ronny Jackson said went "exceptionally well".
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was there, told reporters yesterday that Mr Trump used "vile, vulgar" language.
"All of the reservations we have had about negotiating with him on immigration are well-founded", Richmond said in a statement.
In 2015, there were 676,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, up from 587,000 in 2010, accounting for less than 2 percent of the US foreign-born population, according to the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. Why do we want all these people from Africa here?
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Trump then denied he said "anything derogatory" about Haitians or Haiti except that it's a "very poor and troubled country". Haitians are among this country's major immigrant groups, with significant numbers in Florida, New York and MA .
His comments drew a chorus of condemnation inside the United States and internationally, especially in Africa. Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting.
Haiti and Haitian-Americans found themselves in the spotlight this week after Trump reportedly referred to the country as a "shithole" during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office on immigration reform. On Friday, the president tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he didn't say anything derogatory about Haitians aside from noting Haiti is a poor country. "There is no other word but "racist".
Trump specifically questioned why the US would want to admit more people from Haiti, according to Durbin. He added: "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly".
"Trump has also previously claimed his good health is one of his greatest assets" and described himself as "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".
It gave the approximately 59,000 Haitian immigrants who had been granted the status until July 2019 to return home or legalise their presence in the United States.