"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", Trump tweeted.
"They should own up the president's language", Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) told Cheddar. "I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the USA". Then Trump went and made the job of seeing his racism even easier: he asked senators why we couldn't have more immigrants from places like Norway.
As Haitian-Americans gathered later in the day in Little Haiti to commemorate the 8-year anniversary of the devastating natural disaster that hit Haiti, many expressed their outrage about the president's comment.
"The African Union strongly believes there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and the people by the current administration", the organization, which comprises 55 member states, said in a statement.
During a White House meeting Thursday on immigration reform, President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African nations as "shithole countries". "The Dems will threaten "shutdown", but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most".
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Donald Trump's reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as has been branded racist by a UN human rights official. The statement also noted that the president wanted immigrants who "contribute" and can "assimilate".
Trump has denied making the remarks, but Illinois Democratic Sen.
David Perdue, Republicans who've been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, were also in the meeting but issued a carefully worded statement after Trump tweeted Friday morning that the description of his remarks was not accurate.
United State's President Donald Trump is not new to controversies, but his "shithole" remarks against African countries seem to have ruffled many feathers across the region as leaders come out to condemn and demand for apology.
In a strongly-worded statement, the United Nations said it was impossible to describe his remarks as anything other than racist, while the Vatican decried Trump's words as "particularly harsh and offensive".