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On Friday morning, President Donald Trump denied calling Haiti a "shithole" country, tweeting that "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians". "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit US resources". After an emergency mtng today @UN, Africa group says it "is extremely appalled at.outrageous & xenophobic remarks" attributed to Trump & "demands a retraction and an apology".

"On this pale blue dot Earth that we call home, the Haitian people are our neighbors, to whom our support is both the policy of a great America as it is a sacred duty", he wrote.

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The comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice", said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki. Susan Collins called the president's language "highly inappropriate".


"This is no different from what Hollywood and Western media have been saying about Africa for decades". "Ours is not a shithole country". What I try to do, this is the first time I've commented on something the President has said. I reject them and condemn them vigorously.

US President Donald Trump tweeted a denial Friday after he was quoted as describing African and other states as "shithole countries", amid an global furor over the remarks.

In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.

He tweeted a convoluted denial on Friday in an attempt to quell outrage both at home and overseas.

United States missions went into damage control mode.

The Mission demanded a retraction of the statement and an apology from the USA leader.

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"African countries, and sometimes our leaders, do not exactly deal with the problems of the worst-off, that's what makes people immigrate".

But Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist", saying the US ambassador had been summoned to clarify whether the country was regarded so poorly after years of cordial relations.

Naples-based organization Hope For Haiti was on the ground providing aid to the country during the disaster.

US Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the gathering, told reporters on Friday that Trump used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "shithole" when speaking about African countries.

Many Africans reminded the USA of its historic role in the continent's woes.

"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah had one of the more incisive takes.

The Trump administration has spoken little about how it wants to engage with African countries, focusing its foreign policy instead on issues like North Korea and Islamic State. As top recipients of US aid, some hesitated to jeopardize it by criticizing Trump, especially as his administration has sought to slash foreign assistance.

When asked how his uncle would have responded to Trump's comments on Thursday, Farris Jr. said that he would have urged Trump "not to refer to African countries like that".

"That's why we're being termed a s***hole", Mr Andrew Mataso, 55, a business executive, said on a busy street in Nairobi.

"It's quite clear that he sees black people as lesser", McWhorter said. I mean, she just said it.