The Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Cedric L. Richmond decried the comment on Twitter, saying it was "further proof" that Trump's "Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda".
Lawmakers in the room were "taken aback", the Post said.
This wasn't the first time Love stood up for Haitian immigrants.
According to the New York Times, Trump grumbled during a meeting on immigration a year ago that people from Haiti "all have AIDS". Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed prioritizing countries that were now in the system and cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent. She said the comments were unkind, divisive and elitist in nature.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT slammed Trump's assessment of Haiti and African countries during an interview on MSNBC, calling them unacceptable and describing them as beneath the office of the presidency.
The remarks show that Trump, with nearly a year of presidential experience under his belt, is not much different than candidate Trump, who said in a speech announcing his candidacy, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best".
Nor are White House staffers particularly concerned that the remark will hurt the president. Trump grumbled about the number of immigrants who had entered the country since he took office.
It seems that Donald Trump was pushing back against a suggestion that the United States restore protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
The meeting was meant to hammer out an immigration deal that would extend protections and offer a path to citizenship to DACA recipients, but also include money for border security and reforms to some immigration programs. "The sentiment the President expressed today is a racist sentiment".