Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power shared her stunned reaction to the statement on social media.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who attended the Oval Office meeting Thursday, and peopled briefed on the conversation said Trump did make the comments as reported: He questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.
In his message, Mahama referred to speech made by Trump to African leaders at the United Nations in September wherein in which he had praised their nations - but also mistakenly referred to a nonexistent country called "Nambia".
His remarks have quickly spread around the world, provoking strong reactions, including those from the United Nations.
Ayene said the undiplomatic word used by the US President that shocked the diplomatic community across the globe will likely have a long-lasting impact. Richard Durbin of IL, the lone Democrat present in the Oval Office at the time, said Trump's denial was false and the president had said things that were "hate-filled, vile and racist".
Trump tweeted a lukewarm denial early on Friday, maintaining that he used "tough words" but not those reported at the previous day's White House meeting with Republican and Democratic party lawmakers.
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President Trump is also accused of disparaging Haitian immigrants, who he once pledged to be a champion for.
"We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest".
Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara, told AFP that Trump's words were nothing new from a "racist and ignorant" administration, nor from the West at large. It gave us a plotline that told us as much about the people around its protagonist as the protagonist himself: a disastrous whirlwind on immigration, one of the show's signature issues.
The reported language was the latest in a long string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments by Trump that have been condemned as racist.
During the election campaign, Trump had called Mexicans "rapists" while in recent months he has used a racial slur at a reception for Native American veterans, said all Haitians have AIDS and Nigerians live in huts. The White House meeting on immigration included a bipartisan group of senators. As for Africa, he asked why more people from "shithole countries" should be allowed into the USA, the sources said.
Trump can use crude language if he wants and he won't do any real damage. Perry said she believed presidents should be subject to a raft of tests to establish they are fit to serve.
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El Salvador's foreign minister said a formal protest had been made over the comments attributed to Trump.
"The Bostwana Government has also enquired from the US Government through the Ambassador, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country", the statement said.
The Rev. Tish Harrison Warren, an author and Anglican priest who serves at The Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, anxious about the fallout for the fellowship of evangelicals outside and inside the U.S. Her denomination, the Anglican Church in North America, was formed under the leadership of African Anglican bishops to serve conservative U.S. Episcopalians and others.
Botswana summoned the U.S. ambassador to the country to "clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country", according to a foreign ministry statement which called Trump's comments "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".
"If they are to be true, we hope there will possibly be an apology for what was said here because we thought they were misplaced, they were misguided", Altidor said.
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James Gomez, Amnesty's Southeast Asia director, called for the pair to be "immediately and unconditionally released". The Myanmar government's official position on the crisis is that Rohingya are illegal Bengali immigrants.