"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement issued after The Washington Post first reported Trump's remarks.
Mr Durbin said that when Mr Trump was told that the largest groups of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) were from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, the president responded: "Haitians?". In a series of tweets early Friday, he said that was not the language he used.
President Donald Trump has denied using crude words attributed to him about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. The signing came as Trump addressed a firestorm of controversy over comments reported on Thursday.
"But 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", Durbin said.
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin told reporters on Friday.
"I can not believe in this history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin told reporters in Chicago, Friday prior to a breakfast honoring famed civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Leading US media, including the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers and CNN, quoted multiple sources saying Trump in a meeting with US lawmakers asked why the United States attracted immigrants from "shithole countries" rather than, for instance, wealthier and predominantly white Norway.
"I came back shaken, personally and politically shaken, by what he said", Durbin said.
Why would people from Norway immigrate to the United States?
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Another black lawmaker, Cedric Richmond, a Democrat, said the comments were "further proof that his Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda". "Durbin of IL, the Senate" s No. 2 Democrat, explained that as part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited people from Africa and other nations would be ended, the sources said, though there could be another way for them to apply.
El Salvador sent a diplomatic protest note to the United States expressing the country's "resounding rejection" of the remark, and said "El Salvador demands respect for its courageous and dignified people".
The President has since denied the comments; however, following Trump's denial, Sen.
In a joint statement, GOP Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue said that they "do not recall the President saying these comments" during the meeting they attended.
Graham was at the Oval Office Thursday to present a bipartisan agreement to overhaul the nation's immigration system to Trump. Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.
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