ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel strongly criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE on Thursday for his reported vulgar comments attacking Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.

In a monologue on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Thursday night, the host said that remarks Trump reportedly made during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "shithole countries" were "unfathomable" coming from the president.

"Listen, I'm sure the fact that the countries he described as 'shitholes' are mostly populated by people of color and the immigrants he wants from Norway are not is a coincidence," Kimmel said, to laughs. "Because if it wasn't, it would mean we voted for a racist, like, a real one, and we'd have to get pitchforks and chase him out of the White House."

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"But I'd also assume the White House would deny he said that," Kimmel said. "They did not. They just tried to spin it."

"It really is unfathomable," he continued. "You just can't believe that this is the guy running our country."

Trump did deny the vulgar phrasing in a pair of tweets Friday morning, hours after Kimmel's show aired and after an initial nondenial from White House spokesman Raj Shah.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Trump tweeted Friday morning. "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians."

The White House was initially asked to respond to the reported quote Thursday night, and said only that Trump would continue to fight for the American people while other lawmakers fought for other countries.

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” Shah said in a statement Thursday night.