"Why do we want all these people from Africa here?" Why do we want all these people from Africa here? "That does not represent who we are as a country".
It was reported he then suggested the USA bring in more people from countries like Norway. "Just when you thought Donald Trump could not get any more racist, he digs down to an even deeper low", said Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
Many of the National Football League players who protested by taking a knee during the anthem did so to protest police brutality against black people.
Another black Democratic lawmaker, Cedric Richmond, said Mr Trump's comments "are further proof that his Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda".
"The President' [sic] comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values", Love told BuzzFeed News in a statement.
Earlier this week, the Trump Administration announced it was revoking protections that allowed some 200,000 Salvadorans to live and work in the US, some for more than 20 years.
Trump has spoken positively about Haitians in public.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, was also in the meeting, but would not comment on the president's reported slur. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, was describing for the president which countries with the protected status would be protected under the diversity visa program.
The sources told the Times that Trump asked if Haitians could be left out of the deal. "Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House".
The spokesman's statement seemed to suggest that Trump's description of Haiti and African countries, coupled with his desire for more Norwegians and similar immigrants, was his way to advocate letting in people with higher education levels and a wider set of skills.