Clinton, who was defeated by Trump in the presidential election, took the opportunity to hit back on social media tweeting: "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", Clinton said. I thought about my own family. "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", Graham said, adding: "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals".
Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. He called King a "great American hero".
"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. "If someone should be ashamed it should be Trump", said Michel Aubry, 38, who lost his left foot when his house collapsed during the 2010 natural disaster.
As for Africa, he asked why more people from "s-thole countries" should be allowed into the US, the sources said.More news: Cuba condemns Trump's "racist" statements on Haiti, El Salvador
"There are nearly 800,000 young DACA beneficiaries who are facing imminent deportation in March if we don't reach a deal", he said. The Trump administration recently announced it would end that status for countries like Haiti and El Salvador, whose citizens came to the US years ago to escape the aftermath of national disasters. In Thursday's meeting, lawmakers were reportedly proposing restoring the Temporary Protected Status permits for certain countries, while offering $1.5bn for a wall that Trump wants built on the USA border with Mexico.
Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.
Reports of the president's language referring to people of colour from the other countries drew criticism from USA lawmakers of both major parties and critics overseas who said they could not be described as anything but racist.
Flake said Thursday's comments reflect what Trump has reportedly said in the past about Haiti and Nigeria. Further, the Post reported, Trump requested that Haitians not have their TPS status restored, asking: "Why do we need more Haitians?" and "Take them out".More news: NWS issues Winter Storm Watch, adds Flood Watch
He also said he appreciated Durbin's statements, and he remains committed to a bipartisan solution to keep Dreamers in the country.
The latest controversy for Trump comes as he announced that he would not be making an official visit to the United Kingdom, declining an invitation to open the new U.S. embassy in London, after describing the new move as " a bad deal". "We're better than this", Biden tweeted on Friday.
Haiti was among the nations to abstain at the United Nations rather than condemn Trump's change in policy over Jerusalem. One, as a candidate, he did go to Little Haiti in Miami to address the community. "It is reprehensible, it is disgusting, it is racist".
The Nordic country, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita, was a year ago named the happiest nation on the planet and is known for a cradle-to-grave welfare state funded in part by large reserves of oil and natural gas.More news: Dancing on Ice commentator QUITS skating show after just one episode
U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, said "President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace".