National Urban League President and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial said, "President Trump's crude statement regarding immigration from Haiti and African nations is appalling for its lack of compassion, and stunning for its ignorance about the contributions of Haitian and African immigrants".
The president tweeted later on Friday: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
She said asking if Trump is racist is not enough, that people need to do something that will have an "economic impact".
We know that lawyers are looking for evidence of racist bias in White House immigration policies and other initiatives.
"My colleague [Senator Graham] spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said", Durbin said.
He recounted to reporters what he heard: "He said, 'Haitians?"
"I do appreciate their support and I'd like to continue their support and not be distracted by any false messages that can be propagated about Haitian people", he said.
But the group called for public condemnation of the comments by South Carolina's senators.
According to Durbin, he and Graham believed they would be the only lawmakers in the room with the president, and they were surprised to find that in the two hours since Durbin's first phone call with the White House, Mr. Trump had invited five other members of Congress as well. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" Numerous concessions that leading Democrats seem willing to make - from cutting diversity visas to chipping away at family visas - would be made on the backs of Black immigrants, people from Africa and the Caribbean who deserve these policies to remain intact as some of the few legal tools they have to immigrate to this country.
Graham continued in his statement: 'The American people will ultimately judge us on the outcome we achieve, not the process which led to it'.
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren called Trump's comments racist, vile and disgusting in a Facebook post Friday and took the opportunity to talk about a child who was in Haiti when the quake it. Take them out, ' though he denies speaking disparagingly about Haitians. Never said "take them out".
So far, the State Department said, the USA charge d'affaires in Haiti and ambassador in Botswana have been called in by their hosts after Trump reportedly dubbed these countries "shitholes".
Rebuke: Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House and after Trump and Mike Pence, the third-most powerful Republican. rebuked the president for the words calling them "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".
"As Sen. Graham made his presentation, the president interrupted him several times with questions".