This comes a day after Trump had questioned why the US accepts immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some nations in Africa, calling those places "s***hole countries", when instead it could take more from countries such as Norway, whose Prime Minister Trump recently met.
"The comments made by the President of the United States yesterday afternoon are racist, repugnant, and run directly counter to our values as Americans", said Abby Maxman, President of Oxfam America. "They betray profound racism and ignorance of the challenges these countries face, in part because of decades of misguided policies imposed by the United States over decades". "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit U.S. resources".
Trump and the lawmakers had been discussing a visa lottery program that annually allows as many as 50,000 citizens from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. to reside in the United States legally, as well as programs that temporarily protect certain immigrants from deportation that the White House is ending.
Trump later tweeted that the language he used was tough, but not the language being reported. People from dozens of countries took their oaths of citizenship Friday in South Florida as news spread about their new president's alleged statement.
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Ghana's president Nana Akufo-Addo called Mr Trump's remark "extremely unfortunate", and said that "we will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful".
The president made the remarks on Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers and suggested immigrants from Norway would be preferable.
"I think Trump is a good president for me", Mario Gonzalez, from Cuba, said.
The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust. Never said "take them out".
"The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday", he said in a statement released by the White House. He ignored her, and she asked the same question again. JB Pritzker, a Democrat running for IL governor, released the following statement Friday: "I've said it before and I'll say it again: Donald Trump is a racist and a xenophobe who has never had the dignity to be in the White House", said JB Pritzker.