Republican U.S. Representative Mia Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, said the comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values" and called on Trump to apologise to the American people and to the countries he denigrated.
"We sent guidance to our folks and told them that we must reiterate that we have great respect for the people of Africa and all nations, and our commitment remains strong", he said. It noted that Trump's comments had immediately sparked "controversy and indignation".
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump insisted in a series of Friday (local time) morning tweets. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"
"The problem is that the story is actually about the words", says Andrew Seaman, ethics committee chair of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The White House has not denied the language used at the Thursday meeting on immigration.
"Shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly", Mr Durbin was quoted to have said.
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State officials in other states, such as Washington and California, have both had choice words for Sessions as well. Despite the federal policy change, the Vermont House passed a bill this week to legalize marijuana.
President Donald Trump's dismissal of Haiti and certain African countries with a vulgar expression has created a furor. According to Farris Jr., Trump assured them that "I am not the person that the media is making me out to be".
The African Union (AU), an organisation which promotes cooperation on the continent, said it was alarmed by Trump's "very racist" comments. I don't wish bad on nobody, God knows I don't, but you one person.
She was referring to reports that Trump called Haiti a "s***hole" when discussing a Senate immigration plan.
In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top U.S. diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology.
"If you look at all we have in Africa, South Africa is one of the developed countries".
"Why do we need more Haitians, take them out", he said, citing sources.
"It shows a lack of respect and ignorance never seen before in the recent history of the USA by any President", Mr Lamothe tweeted. It isn't relevant in 2018, especially to the President of the United States who must act as a diplomat and must deal with the nations of the world, whose support American needs in many arenas - from cooperation on global security and energy and climate goals, to votes in the United Nations.