After signing a proclamation at a Martin Luther King Jr.
On a week during which Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood remembered thousands of Haitian natural disaster victims, racially tinged remarks attributed to America's President brought some to tears.
But Trump's critics point to a history they say shows his views on race.
"For the American President who said he would be Haiti's greatest champion.to stand up and make such a comment at this time. leaves me reeling", community activist Gepsie Metellus said. Eight years ago, the Earth itself tried to take Haiti out. "Unfortunately, on the eve of this commemoration the President of the United States made a decision to disparage this attractive island [country] and other black and brown countries out of pure ignorance and disrespect to all of us as Americans", Bichotte added. We are a country that created people like my father, who drove a taxicab in Brooklyn, sometimes 16 hours a day, so that my three brothers (two teachers and an IT specialist) and I could have a better life.
We've heard on our Facebook page from people on both sides, many who say they find no issue with the President's statement and others who disagree.
But the senators said Trump did "call out" issues in the current USA immigration system.
Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Hatians?" "The audacity of our country's leader to refer to other human beings in such a derogatory manner because of where they come from is unpalatable".
Mr. Trump's comment has triggered widespread condemnation.
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House January 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Trump shocked USA lawmakers and foreign governments this week when he called Haiti, El Salvador and certain African nations "shithole countries" during a closed-door Oval Office meeting on immigration Thursday.
Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.
Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who attended Thursday's meeting, issued a statement saying they "do not recall the president saying these comments specifically". "It is not true".
"(The President) said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.
Hugo Martinez, El Salvador's foreign minister, called on the US government to confirm or deny Trump's statements. She said Trump's alleged comments were "completely unacceptable", telling WPLG-TV in Miami, "If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it".
The president made the remarks Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers. The most "tough" thing at the scandalous meeting was the "outlandish proposal" made by the bipartisan group on DACA, he added.