Others who attended the meeting have said that Trump questioned why the USA would accept immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti or those in Africa instead of places like Norway, whose prime minister he had met the day before.
Sunny Hostin didn't sugarcoat it Friday morning on "The View", saying Donald Trump's latest controversial comments led to her realization that the president is a racist. Trump said, according to people briefed on the meeting who spoke with The Washington Post. "In the spirit of the people of Haiti we feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people", he said in a statement.
"Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people: it's rich and poor, well-educated and not, good and bad", he said.
The source said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin was explaining a proposal to end the visa lottery in exchange for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for countries such as El Salvador.
Altidor said the USA chargé d'affaires in Haiti had been summoned to explain the reported comments.
The Trump administration has spoken little about how it wants to engage with African countries, focusing its foreign policy instead on issues like North Korea and Islamic State.
On Thursday, Trump was in a private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration when those who attended said he questioned why the USA would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.
Several commentators compared Mr Trump's depiction of immigrants from some countries to the treatment that Irish people received in previous times, including MSNBC news presenter Lawrence O'Donnell.
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"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", union spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.
Haitian governments were for many years militaristic, which some trace to a tradition of resisting French attacks after independence.
Responding to a December 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, California, he proposed a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on".
Loans from French banks to cover indemnity payments to Paris for independence were only paid off in 1947.
The President is accused of using the slur during a meeting with lawmakers, apparently asking: 'Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?' and 'Why do we need more Haitians?'.
The ambassador said Haiti should be remembered for its contributions to history, including supporting the American Revolution by sending troops to the Battle of Savannah in Georgia in 1779.
"We have been here for a long time and have contributed to what the United States is today".
"They never took a thing from our federal government".
South African poet Iain S Thomas tweeted a photo of a blue sky and turquoise sea.
"Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it".