Trump was unapologetic, denied being racist and blamed his usual scapegoat - the media.
The comments revived charges that the president is racist, and rocked immigration talks that were already on a tenuous footing.
However, his advisers notably did not dispute the most controversial of his reported remarks: using the word "s**thole" to describe African nations, and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead. Day event in the Roosevelt Room, a reporter directly asked Trump to face up to his comments, the Hill reported. "He said those hate-filled words".
He carried on to say Trump's words were "more than mere insensitivity or even nationalism", adding that "those standards are not disgraceful enough".
"I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals". "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" - referring to his remarks.
Republican lawmakers who were in the Thursday meeting generally sidestepped questions about precisely what Trump said. "When the question was raised about Haitians, for example, we have a group that have temporary protected status in the United States because they were the victims of crises and disasters and political upheaval".
The US government should remember the good deeds of Salvadorans, such as "their contribution to the reconstruction of the Pentagon after the awful terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as their efforts during reconstruction of New Orleans after devastating hurricane Katrina,"states the official note of protest issued by El Salvador's government". He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative solution.
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Senior congressman Mike Simpson said: "The rhetoric just makes it more hard, and that's unfortunate". We're not from a s--hole country.
This is not the first time Trump has sought to blame Democrats for the thorny debate over the immigration program, tweeting earlier this month that they were "doing nothing". "I don't think this will just blow over".
"We've got this bipartisan group".
"His comments solidified his position that he doesn't want any Haitians here in the country", Adams said.
In other side, the African Union says it is "frankly alarmed" by President Donald Trump's statement in which he used vulgar language to question why the US would accept more immigrants from African countries and Haiti.
The remarks leaked out, transforming a debate about saving from deportation some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children into another drama about Trump himself.