As Politico reported Friday, staffers felt the Journal's piece would "help drive the message" home that Trump has bolstered the economy with his tax bill. Made up by Dems.
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said Graham told him it was true. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"More news: Donald Trump under fire over 'racist' outburst in immigration meeting
Hillary Clinton, Trump's defeated presidential rival, tweeted: "The anniversary of the devastating quake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America's commitment to helping our neighbors". Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, who was in the meeting, said on Twitter that Trump used hate-filled, racist words repeatedly.
You've seen the comments in the press, I've not read one of them that's inaccurate.
The president did take to Twitter at 7:28 a.m. Friday, denying using the reported language.
On Thursday, while rejecting a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal, Trump - according to sources briefed on the meeting - referred to African countries and told the senators, "Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?"More news: Nintendo Released almost a Dozen Big New Games for Switch
In November, Trump that had been granted to Haitian immigrants living in the USA following the quake. The Trump administration is ending those protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and suggested it will do the same for Hondurans.
Mr Trump also took issue with the idea that, while a lottery that benefits people from Africa and other nations would be ended, there could be another way for them to apply.
The African nation said it had accepted USA citizens over the years, including senior government officials, which is "why we view the utterances by the current American President as highly irresponsible, reprehensible, and racist".
Meanwhile, The Nigerian Daily Post had the headline, "Trump allegedly calls Africa 's-hole, ' orders 259,000 immigrants out of U.S".
After making the "shithole" comment, Trump suggested the U.S. should instead welcome immigrants from places like Norway.More news: US Ambassador To Panama Says He Cannot Serve Trump, Resigns