The president thinks an immigration system based on "skills" will keep black and brown immigrants out and let more white ones in. CNN has confirmed the comments were made during the meeting attended by seven lawmakers.
After reading out loud that more than 15,000 people had arrived from Haiti, Trump reportedly said they "all have AIDS". Places where people are tall and blond and look like they could have been in the Hitler youth.
One person briefed on the meeting said when Democratic Sen. Durbin then went through a list of countries that would be covered, and when he got to Haiti, Trump asked why the USA would want more people from Haiti and African countries, sources told CNN.
Donald Trump kicked off his 2016 presidential bid by disparaging Mexican immigrants. "They worked hard, paid taxes, and rose from nothing to take care of and provide opportunities for their children".
Asked about Trump's comments, White House spokesman Raj Shah said: "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people". As the months moved on, Trump offered several controversial policy proposals on immigration reform, ranging from potential mass deportation to the idea of having Mexico fund a border wall.
This is - much like Charlottesville - an abdication of the moral authority of the presidency, but it's more than that: It's saying, quite simply, that saying racist stuff is a-OK as long as it works politically.
"And this is who they continue to give cover to".
Asked if Tuesday provided the clarity that lawmakers have been asking for, Lankford said there was still more to be done.
"It's not going to be done by just a subgroup", he said.
Many of the National Football League players who protested by taking a knee during the anthem did so to protest police brutality against black people. Yet so little was America able to influence the Haitians that Haiti is the only country in North America where baseball - a national pastime in the Dominican Republic next door - isn't played by the population. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, released a statement in which she said, "The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned".
But details in the meeting were still hard to come by.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress are doing their best to find common-ground on the issue of #Immigration.
When Trump indicated he would agree to that, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said border security would have to be part of the package, prompting Trump to say that's what he thought Feinstein meant, and then a flurry of clarifications.
In exchange, the U.S. government agreed to "defer" any action on their immigration status for a period of two years.
The immigration effort seemed to receive a boost Tuesday when Trump met with two dozen lawmakers and agreed to seek a bipartisan way to resuscitate the program. In response, Mr Trump shot back in an attempt to discredit Mr Bannon, and anything he may have said to the author of the book.
Nor should we dismiss this sentiment as a one off by Trump.