Durbin said Trump and his supporters in the room also "scoffed" when he said that ending chain migration would break up families. "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems".
"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the US has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years", wrote the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs in a statement.
Mr Trump continued: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" the president added.
"People have come to this country from everywhere, and people from everywhere have made America great", McCain said in a statement. But Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, was adamant and convincing Friday when he insisted that Trump did say it and said it repeatedly.
"In the course of his comments", Durbin said, Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist".
In its statement, El Salvador's government expressed its "rejection" of the comments attributed to Trump.
The storm over Trump's alleged language follows a New York Times story previous year about a meeting in which Trump allegedly said Haitianimmigrants "all have AIDS". The park's boundaries include the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, a site that King used as the headquarters for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, according to a White House spokesman.
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Bucks County described the president's language as "unacceptable". "Do we need moreHaitians?'".
In the closed-door meeting, lawmakers were discussing legal protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
During a Thursday meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Trump criticized protections the U.S. has given to immigrants from various underdeveloped countries.
Both Altidor and the government of Botswana released statements condemning the comments and asking USA officials for a formal explanation of the remarks. The president then allegedly suggested the United States could instead have immigrants from other countries, such as Norway.
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