During a 2016 campaign event in Miami, he said "the Haitian people deserve better" and told the audience of Haitian-Americans he wanted to "be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion". The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.
One Twitter user made a meme featuring Ann Coulter holding a sign saying "I'm a miserable person who peddles hate to make money off of dumb republicans".
"My colleague, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said". To believe otherwise is to oppose the very idea of America. In the talks, he was presented an immigration reform by the "gang of six".
Echoed Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: "These comments are highly inappropriate and out of bounds and could hurt efforts for a bipartisan immigration agreement". He said Trump's comment "not only insulted Africans, he has also insulted African-Americans".
Penn ended his essay with a call for unity, describing Trump's White House as "an enemy of the state".
Sen. Durbin said of the comments he's seen in the press regarding the meeting, he has "not read one of them that's inaccurate". It took courage for what he did. And I made my own comments in response to it. It is a attractive story of America, and that is a great story and that is the story we have today and that is a story we had yesterday and that is what makes this country so exceptional and unique in the first place.
Senator Durbin, a member of the Democratic Party, was at the White House meeting on Thursday.
Graham also expressed support for Durbin. "What's more concerning is there may be other people who share the same sentiment". I believe it is vitally important to come to a bipartisan solution to the immigration and border challenges we face today.
"I'm a Norwegian who enjoyed studying and working in the US".
Rebecca Black, an immigration lawyer in Jacksonville, said the city has immigrants from all over the world, and they are closely watching the DACA issue.
"First thing that came to my mind was: Very unfortunate, unhelpful", he said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mr Trump's vulgar slur about Africa was "very unfortunate, unhelpful" as he called immigration "a handsome story of America".