Saying they believe the administration has a "huge misunderstanding of the African continent", the union said "there is a serious need for dialogue" between the Trump administration and African countries.
He spent Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, according to the insider.
Trump on Friday also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.
The comments revived charges that the president is racist, and rocked immigration talks that were already on a tenuous footing. But the most measured responses came from immigrants of so-called "shithole countries" with the hashtag "I'm from a shithole country". Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga. - said Friday that they "do not recall" Trump "saying these comments specifically". He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly'.
More than 150 years after the abolition of slavery and more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, President Donald Trump's incendiary comments about immigrants have ripped open a jarring debate in the United States and around the world: Is the American president racist?
"This is not just a story about vulgar language", he said. It favors African countries and was part of an immigration deal Trump was negotiating with a group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers Thursday when he made his explosive comments.
The Trump administration announced late a year ago that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States following a devastating 2010 quake. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative solution.
Senior congressman Mike Simpson said: "The rhetoric just makes it more hard, and that's unfortunate".
Democrats want protections for Dreamers included in a measure on government spending, which must pass by a January 19 deadline to avoid a government shutdown. But some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged.
The clapback and backlash were swift, especially since Donald Trump and the Republican party are doing their damnedest to make the United States itself into a true shithole.
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".
Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values".
"I think it's going to go very well", he said, adding that he would be "surprised if it doesn't".
"We have to show the world that this president does not represent the feelings of most of the American people", they said.
On Friday, several black supporters and advisers to Trump vouched for his commitment to the black community after a White House event honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted early Friday, apparently referring to the remarks quoted by the Washington Post and The New York Times.
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