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He spent last Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, according to the insider.

Also taking issue with Trump's reported remarks was state Sen. Pugh called upon all elected leaders, regardless of party, to condemn the president's comments.

The U.S. leader has been under fire at home and overseas after he reportedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting on an immigration deal with a group of bipartisan lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.

Amid the furore the president criticised the immigration proposal.

Mr Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said. "Take them out", he said. He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once".

"These remarks, so filled with hatred and derision, have been met with indignation by the Cuban people who are proud of the contribution made by people from everywhere, especially from Africa and Haiti, since the emergence of our nation", said a statement published on the website of the state-run newspaper Granma.

Rupert Colville, a spokesman with the United Nations human rights office, earlier slammed Trump's "vulgar language".

But the government of Haiti - which Friday marked the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake that killed at least 200,000 people - declared itself "outraged and shocked" by the "racist" slur.

Mr Durbin added: "When the question was raised about Haitians for example... he said 'Haitians, do we need more Haitians?'"

Trump's statements, first reported by The Washington Post, have drawn widespread outrage.

"It just took the breath out of me", Saitinor Philius said. He knows absolutely nothing about these people - the pain they've faced, their harrowing journeys, or their commitment to our country, much less the cultural vibrancy of the countries they came from.

Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.

The ANC is not in a position to stop any president from any country from saying anything they wish, she said. "Made up by Dems". I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Lindsey Graham, who was also at the meeting, seemed to confirm that report in a statement in which he said "following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

The union also demanded that Trump formally retract the statement and deliver "an apology not only to the Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe".



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