Trump blasted the proposal as "a big step backwards" and said it didn't provide enough funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, a key campaign promise Trump made in 2016.
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"I can not believe that in the history of the Oval Office any president has spoken the words that I have personally heard the President speak yesterday", said Durbin, clearly appalled. "Do we need more Haitians?'"
Trump said Durbin and Graham - two seasoned lawmakers - should come to the White House for a meeting at noon.
He did not say specifically what Trump said that caused him to respond, but his defense of American values make clear that the gist was Trump's stunning comments that drew wall-to-wall media coverage Friday. "Made up by Dems", Trump wrote.
Trump previously told Haitian-Americans: "I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion", while he was campaigning past year in Miami's Little Haiti.
The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust.
His remarks reportedly left the assembled politicians "taken aback", the paper said, with Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator for SC, and Richard Durbin, Democratic senator for IL, among those in the room.
According to the Charleston Post and Courier, South Carolina's other GOP senator, Tim Scott, said Graham had told him the reports were "basically accurate". The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.
On personal level. what's it like when you hear the president ask the question.
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"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump", the union said.
"I will be signing", he said in a Cabinet Room meeting Tuesday.
"As a nation, a sovereign state, we expect to be respected by others. That's not how a president behaves".
Republican House speaker Paul Ryan, an Irish-American, called Mr Trump's comments "unhelpful". Day, which is Monday.
"It cuts like a knife", National Action Network State President Elder James Johnson said of the remarks. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.
His reported remark came as both Republican and Democratic lawmakers visited him on Thursday to propose a deal on immigration.
But Trump rejected the deal, plunging the issue back into uncertainty just eight days before a deadline that threatens a government shutdown.
Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, that has protected them from deportation following the 2010 natural disaster, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.
Durbin explained that as part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited people from African and other diverse nations would be ended.
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly describe the conversation. He added that Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society". She later thanked the handful of nations that voted with the United States and the larger group that abstained.