Backlash continues over President Trump’s reported comments

Posted: Updated:
WOODBURY -

President Trump is taking to Twitter amid the backlash over comments he reportedly made to lawmakers in the Oval Office.

The president reportedly referred to African countries with a vulgarity during a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration. He allegedly indicated the United States should be more focused on bringing in immigrants from countries like Norway.

Two Republican senators who were in the room have said they do not recall the president making those remarks specifically.  However, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who was also in the meeting, says he heard the president make those comments.

The president’s alleged comments are being condemned by members of both parties.

Haitian-Americans who live on Long Island say they are outraged.

"For the president to make that type of statement, it’s brutal. It’s so unfair to the Haitian community," says Marie Senat, of Deer Park.

Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages is also voicing disgust over the comments.

"I am deeply appalled and saddened that my people have to deal with this blatant racism, and lack of respect," says Solages.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

    24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

    24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

    The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony was held Sunday, Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. Images via Getty.

    The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony was held Sunday, Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. Images via Getty.

  • Dog Day Fridays for Jan. 19

    Dog Day Fridays for Jan. 19

    Friday, January 19 2018 9:44 AM EST2018-01-19 14:44:54 GMT
    Belle is approximately 1 year old. This sheppard mix is very sweet, playful, lovable and loves treats. She's good with dogs.Belle is approximately 1 year old. This sheppard mix is very sweet, playful, lovable and loves treats. She's good with dogs.

    This week's dogs were up for adoption at Ruff House Rescue. The shelter's phone number is (516) 462-9454. They can also be contacted via email - ruffhouserescue@gmail.com.

    This week's dogs were up for adoption at Ruff House Rescue. The shelter's phone number is (516) 462-9454. They can also be contacted via email - ruffhouserescue@gmail.com.

  • President Trump's first year in office

    President Trump's first year in office

    President Trump's first year in officePresident Trump's first year in office

    Here's a look at President Trump's first year in office.

    Here's a look at President Trump's first year in office.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."