The 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks on Saturday, while a statement from ambassadors of all countries from the continent at the United Nations (UN) demanded a retraction and apology.
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 US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.
Ghana's president Nana Akufo-Addo called Mr Trump's remark "extremely unfortunate", and said that "we will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful".
His remarks have quickly spread around the world, provoking strong reactions, including those from the United Nations.
Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of IL on Friday said Trump had indeed made the comments about 's***hole countries'. 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".
In his own tweet posted on Friday, Trump had appeared to deny using the term "shithole" during a private White House meeting Thursday. Sen.
Trump also said that the U.S. should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway. "The conversation about who we are as Americans has shifted and given in to a kind of xenophobia that makes it hard to discuss issues that affect all Americans".
"Apparently he and I are the only two people that use a few curse words here and there", Scaramucci wrote on Twitter. He said there were "very fine people on both sides" after violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one counter-protester dead.
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Much of Trump's first year as president has been marked by racial controversy. The White House had made clear that Trump's examination would not include a psychiatric exam. Results of past presidential physicals have included basic data like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The Trump administration is ending those protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and suggested it will do the same for Hondurans. "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems".
Trump addressed Haiti, but said nothing about his reported comments on Africa.
The tweet came hours after a bombshell report about Trump's comments, which the White House did not immediately deny.
African media outlets and the continent's young, increasingly connected population were not shy, with some tweeting sleek photos of African landscapes and urban areas with the hashtag of the word.
Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power has shared the statement on Twitter, saying: "Whoa". In a statement, the Haitian government expressed its shock and outrage.
Durbin, a key negotiator in DACA talks, recounted the meeting on MSNBC Friday, saying, "He said, 'Haitians".
A Senior State Department official said U.S. ambassadors had been issued guidance on how to deal with the remarks if called in by foreign ministries to explain them.
"Uncalled for moreover it shows a lack a respect and IGNORANCE never seen before in the recent history of the United States by any President!"
In the same week that he honored King by making a national park out of the ground where King was born and preached until his death, Trump denigrated practically the entire African diaspora, and left many Americans headed into the civil rights icon's birthday convinced that the leader of their country is a racist.