Mr. Rogers called it "regrettable" that the story came as the nation commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. and lamented that it "could distract from the urgent bipartisan effort to help Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status".
African politicians labeled Trump a racist, while the United Nations human rights office also rejected the reported comments as "racist" and inciting xenophobia.
Earlier Thursday, Love said in a statement: "The president must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned".
El Salvador's foreign minister said a formal protest had been made over the comments attributed to Trump.
"The president erupted several times with questions and, in the course of his comments, said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", the senator told reporters. "I'll take a downtrodden Haitian, Salvadoran or African who hungers for and will defend freedom and opportunity in America over a privileged bigot who'd sell our liberty to the highest bidder any day", he said. "I use those words advisably".More news: Klipsch speakers to soon get Alexa and Google Assistant support
President Donald Trump is insisting he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians".
"If you tell me that we come from "s-thole" countries, when we come over here and open businesses and employ Americans", Maina said in frustration Friday.
U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, said "President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace".
Trump tweets: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Take them out, ' though he denies speaking disparagingly about Haitians.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah defended Trump afterward and not deny the comments were said.
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When word got out, Trump rose to his own defense immediately, tweeting: "The language used by me in the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", he said, adding: "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals".
On the streets of Lusaka, capital of the southern African country of Zambia, Trump's reported remark reinforced long-held views about the USA leader. "The real White House: Trump calls Haiti and African countries "s***hole" countries to the face of members of Congress and uses Norway to prove his racism", wrote Mr Andreas Wiese, a newspaper commentator.
Trump on Friday panned the "so-called bipartisan DACA deal" as "a big step backwards".
"I want to take a moment to talk about Haiti, one of the places the President of the United States called a "sh**hole country", Mr Cooper started his speech live on air. He added, "Why do we want people from Haiti here?"
"Reports of recent disparaging remarks about African countries and Haiti have aroused great concern".
His remarks were allegedly made at an Oval Office meeting held on the eve of the anniversary of the 2010 quake, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history. That's according to three people who were briefed on the conversation but weren't authorized to describe it publicly.
But instead of winning Trump's support, as they had expected, the president launched into a broadside against immigration from Haiti and Africa.More news: I feel like rape victim, says liver patient 'branded' by surgeon