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13 January 2018

Trump's comment to lawmakers that the United States should accept more immigrants from places like Norway instead of from "s.hole countries" in Africa did not sound consistent with the notion that all people are equal no matter the place of their birth or the color of their skin.

He later added, "I thought he misspoke, and, as I said, I think President Trump is not a racist, but I do think he is racially uninformed".

Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, said on Friday the president's reported remarks were particularly unwelcome coming on the eighth anniversary of the quake which killed more than 200,000 people on the Caribbean island.

Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Hatians?

This is why we review the utterances by the current American President as a highly irresponsible and racist".

Timothy Naftali, a presidential historian and the former director of Nixon's presidential library, said Trump's most recent comments were more jarring both because they were revealed in real time and because they came during the course of a discussion about the laws governing who can gain entry into the United States.

And that "Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", said AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo.

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

"The ambassadors and the charges will note what an honor it is to be in their posts and how much we value our relationship with the people of the nation where they represent us".

"Haitians don't deserve such treatment", said Ambassador Paul Altidor.

"He didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest -- so white they wear moon-screen", he said.

Sen. Dick Durbin said he "personally heard" President Trump speak the "hate-filled" words. She said, "This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation" and called on Trump to apologize to the American people "and the nations he so wantonly maligned".

Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate' s No. 2 Democrat, explained that as part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited people from Africa and other nations would be ended, the sources said, though there could be another way for them to apply.

The administration announced previous year that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the the wake of a devastating 2010 quake.

The reported remarks have piqued outrage from Capitol Hill to capitals around the globe.

But Mr Trump has denied using the language reported.

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. The UN Human Rights spokesman, Rupert Colville also said the comments were nothing but racist, shocking and shameful.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said Rupert Coleville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.