After Trump was asked at Thursday's White House meeting if the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa, the president reportedly questioned why people from "expletive-hole countries" are coming to America.
Controversy is swirling about claims that President Donald Trump made a vulgar comment about struggling countries and their immigrants.
Durbin says the President asked "Why do we want all these people from expletive countries here?" Trump allegedly questioned why the USA doesn't admit more immigrants from countries like Norway, whose prime minister visited the White House this week.
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin added.
In a response labelled by worldwide media as damage control, Mr Trump has denied using derogatory words but admitted his language was "tough". The most "tough" thing at the scandalous meeting was the "outlandish proposal" made by the bipartisan group on DACA, he added. We hear you loud and clear, Mr. President.More news: Botswana asks United States for official answer: Are we a 'shithole' country?
Two sources close to the administration told NBC News that Trump worked the phones Thursday night, calling friends and allies outside the White House to gauge reaction to fallout from the "shithole" comments.
"It was a heartbreaking moment", Durbin said. We have worked on these different mission trips, we love the people from all countries.
As Fredericks was taken offscreen, Lemon said: "I was going to let him speak, until you doubly insulted me".
Trump also said he might begin recording his White House meetings. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".
It said the "remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity".