GOP senator: Trump’s reported ‘s---hole’ comments ‘disappointing’
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GOP Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordGOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees GOP senator calls Omar's apology 'entirely appropriate' New battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks MORE (Okla.) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE's reported comment that many U.S. immigrants come from "shithole countries" was "disappointing," adding to the massive backlash Trump has faced over the remarks.

"If these comments are accurate, they are disappointing," Lankford said in a statement. "I would not talk about nations like this, because I believe the people of those countries are made in the image of God and have worth and human dignity."

The conservative senator's comments come after The Washington Post reported that he had called Haiti and some African nations "shithole countries" during a heated meeting with lawmakers on immigration.

The White House issued a statement in response to the story and did not deny Trump's use of the term.

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said.

In December, The New York Times reported Trump once suggested Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS,” and Nigerian immigrants would never “go back to their huts” if granted entrance to the U.S.

The White House swiftly denied that report at the time, calling the claims "outrageous."