On the eve of the eighth anniversary of the January 12, 2010, quake that devastated Haiti, the president, in the Oval Office, is said to have wondered aloud why he should allow immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations to enter the United States. In a now-infamous exchange, CNN's Jim Acosta asked White House immigration hardliner Stephen Miller whether Trump's policies are designed "to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country".
In other words, people from these countries are like something that climbed out of a pile of human waste. He's said to have questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s--hole countries" in Africa.
Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, did not provide details of the conversation but said the senator was "encouraged" by Trump's reaction. "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".
"I think it's going to go very well". His political rise was powered first by his promotion of lies about Barack Obama's citizenship, then by his allegations that Mexican immigrants to the United States were rapists and murderers.
Instead, Trump had also invited some of Congress' hard-line opponents of the bipartisan agreement being put together by the six-member working group led by Durbin and Graham.
Among the most prominent was Woodrow Wilson, who had a stroke that left him incapacitated, something that was kept from his own Cabinet.
As top recipients of US aid, some African governments hesitated to jeopardize it by criticizing Trump, especially as his administration has sought to slash foreign assistance.
It was kind of crude, but we've heard it before, and we know that other presidents have used bad language in the past.
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"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", he said.
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any President has spoken the words that I personally heard our President speak yesterday".
"You don't want to just call people names that you can't back up", he said in an interview.
The bipartisan backlash to the president's comments intensified Friday as Trump signed a proclamation at the White House for Martin Luther King Jr. While Trump said he had used tough language in talking about immigration, he said he had not used the vulgar term to refer to Haiti - one of the countries reportedly denigrated.
The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations has issued an extraordinary statement condemning the "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" by President Donald Trump and demanding a retraction and apology.
In South Africa, the ruling African National Congress party declared "ours is not a s***hole country" and described Mr Trump as "extremely offensive".
Trump a year ago ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided protection from deportation and the ability to legally work in the country. "We knew this at the inception of this administration and that was the lowest point in the history of our country to date", Cleveland said. You get what I'm saying?
Yet there's no doubt that the episode has added new fuel to the charges of racism that have dogged Trump for years, since long before he assumed the presidency.