After backlash surrounding President Donald Trump's comments about “s**thole countries,” he declared Friday that skin color and place of birth were irrelevant when considering equality among human beings.

Trump's comments came during a ceremony in which he signed a proclamation honoring civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr., who died after an assassin shot him half a century ago.

“Today we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God,” Trump said.

Some in the international community questioned Trump's view of different races after he reportedly made controversial comments about Haiti and African nations.

During a meeting with lawmakers Thursday, Trump reportedly called those places “s**thole countries” and argued in favor of removing Haitians from the United States. “Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?” Trump allegedly asked.

Haiti, the United Nations, and others called his remarks “racist.” “I’m sorry, but there’s no other word one can use but racist,” U.N. spokesman Rupert Colville said Friday.

CNN similarly said Thursday night that Trump's comment was “racist”:

Trump said Friday that The Washington Post inaccurately quoted him:

But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who attended Thursday's meeting, asserted that those quotes were accurate.

“You've seen the comments in the press. I’ve not seen one of them that’s inaccurate," Durbin said. “He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”

Watch Trump make those comments below, via Fox News.