"He cares about the economy".
Senator Dick Durbin did not change his position, saying that Trump had used "hate-filled, vile and racist" language.
When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied, "We don't need more Haitians'".
Nielsen says the conversation was impassioned and the president was using tough language.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, one of the six senators in the meeting with Trump on Thursday, supported Durbin's account.
Trump has been accused of describing African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting with US senators last week. Additionally, Sen. Lindsey Graham told fellow South Carolina Republican Sen.
"He said, 'Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country". She told Leahy that she did not "recall" Trump using that specific word, but when asked if he had used a substantially word, Nielsen pivoted hard enough to blow out a knee. "I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you", a somewhat combative Trump retorted as he pointed his finger at reporters.
Trump was meeting with lawmakers about a potential deal on immigration last week when he questioned why the USA should admit more people from Africa and Haiti.
Without explicitly denying using the vulgarity, Trump on Monday lashed out at the Democratic senator, who said Trump uttered it on several occasions. "They don't want security at the border, they don't want to stop drugs, they want to take money away from our military which we can not do".
Trump has said Durbin misrepresented his comments.
Graham, however, won't directly say what the president said, but felt it necessary to rebuke the president's works in front him that day.
The president has suggested a government shutdown would hurt the military and wants Democrats to get the blame if that occurs. "Why did Chuck Schumer and all of his colleagues come and beg Donald Trump for money?"
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., also expressed optimism on ABC's "This Week" about finding a fix for DACA, but only if "the Democrats get serious about negotiating" on securing US borders and family reunification or "chain migration".
"I am thoroughly disappointed that attention continues to be given to a meeting I attended a week ago when we have serious and urgent border and immigration issues to address".