Donald Trump's immigration remarks lambasted from left and right

A group of more than 2,900 Catholic sisters said they find it "appalling" that the president used "vulgar and offensive language to describe Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa".

Trump reportedly referred to a series of nations as "shithole countries" during a closed-door Oval Office meeting with lawmakers Thursday about a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, questioning why the United States was not welcoming more people from Norway, as opposed to Haiti, El Salvador and other African countries.

Graham has not said whether Durbin's comments were accurate.

Trump said on Twitter Friday that his language during the meeting was "tough", but "this was not the language used".

Then, Durbin said that the president began to describe immigration from Africa that would be protected under the bipartisan proposal. Trump questioned at a White House meeting Thursday why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa than from places like Norway.

Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith.

As the controversy continued on Friday, Mr Trump delivered a scheduled speech to mark Martin Luther King day from the Roosevelt Room in the White House.

Or I could tell you about the singular, oppressive narrative the media trots out when talking about Haiti, the one about an island mired in poverty and misery, the one about AIDS, the one about a country plagued by natural and man-made disasters, because these are the stories people want to hear, the stories that make Haiti into a pitiable spectacle instead of the proud, complicated country it is. "2207520000.1515770106./1809656339066844/?type=3&theater">issued an official statement confirming that they'd called upon the USA ambassador there to not only express their displeasure at the implied insult directed at them, but also "enquired from the US Government through the Ambassador, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US, and also that some of Botswana may wish to visit the US".

The president on Friday denied that he made derogatory comments about Haitians, saying he used "tough" language in the meeting.

"Anytime you can have what's actually said in all of its vulgarity, I think that would be better", Norman said.

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Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country for an explanation.

The doctor who oversaw 71-year-old President Trump's first formal physical Friday said the commander-in-chief is in "excellent health". He also later denied using derogatory language about Haitians.

In the USA, both Republican and Democratic politicians have condemned Trump's remarks, while the United Nations has called Trump's words "racist".

Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and whose south Florida district includes many Haitian immigrants, said: "Shame on him". We take offense to this description of these lands and of their thoughtful, loving and passionate people.

Botswana's foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador in protest and called the comments "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

"I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the president's comments".

Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Hatians?" "Most of us have assimilated, raised our kids here and are contributing and doing well".

"Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people: it's rich and poor, well-educated and not, good and bad", he said.

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, also a Republican, said he wanted more details of the president's comments.

"Apart from the vocabulary attributed to him, President Trump is right on target in his sentiment", Jeffress said in a statement, first released to the Christian Broadcasting Network and later shared with FOX4.

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