Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who said he was at the meeting, came forward and confirmed the report.
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. "A racist is a racist in all sense of the word".
Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist. Trump allegedly said in referrence to African countries and Haiti. ". Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".
"Haitians fought along U.S. soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and we continue to be great contributors to American society", Altidor added.
"It falls into a pattern of nativist and very unpleasant language from a poorly qualified president, if not worse, " said Helge Ogrim, a journalist who formerly covered the United States for the Norwegian News Agency.
He tweeted a convoluted denial Friday in an attempt to quell outrage both at home and overseas.
When asked about the comments directly, President Trump had no comment.
USA diplomats serving in Haiti and African countries have been briefed to convey Washington's respect if they are summoned to explain President Donald Trump's alleged insults.
Trump ended the Obama-era DACA last fall, and is not negotiating with Congress over legislation that would replace the Obama-era program, which allows certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to work and live in the United Sates. "Because you might learn that people from some of those 'shithole countries" were slaves who were brought by force to help build this country". "Do we need more Hatians?"'
Some Nigerians did not hold back, with many on Twitter saying their country was a "shithole", but that it was "our shithole" to criticise. He said Haiti's government had summoned a USA official to explain Trump's remarks.
Even war-torn South Sudan weighed in, with President Salva Kiir's spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny slamming the comments as "outrageous".
"It is thanks to our African leaders that we are insulted that way", she said.
Trump had been quoted as saying during a meeting at the White House earlier in the week, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"
Trump's latest comments also provided ample fodder for talkshow hosts.
"Had he said one thing one time, we might say that was a slip of the tongue or it's an example of unconscious racial bias or it was a mistake", he added. Colbert said. "For one, Donald Trump isn't their president".