Donald Trump unapologitically defends his remark about Africa, Haiti

As a result, the Mission said, "there is a serious need for dialogue" between the Trump administration and African countries.

She said the United States also faced difficulties, like unemployment and inequality.

Haitians reacted with outrage Friday to reports of Mr. Trump's remarks.

While Kalondo said the comments were "clearly" racist, she didn't believe they indicated a shift in the USA stance towards Africa.

AU Spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo pointed out the USA role in the Atlantic slave trade as an example of how African countries, Trump described in contemptuous terms, were exploited in a shameful manner.

She stressed that the U.S. was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".

In South Africa, a senior official of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said Trump was "extremely offensive" when he used the term "shithole countries" to describe developing countries.

Mr Trump said on Friday that he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, said the source.

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".

Trump wasn't apologetic about his inflammatory remarks and denied he was racist, instead, blaming the media for distorting his meaning, the confidant added.

On Monday, the department took that same action against immigrants from El Salvador, another country reportedly mentioned at an immigration meeting Thursday.

"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.

Meanwhile government of Botswana has summoned the U.S. ambassador of its country to express its displeasure at the comments and asked the ambassador to clarify if Botswana "is regarded as a "shithole" country" in lieu of the alleged comments from President Trump.

The group, which represents the 55 countries on the African continent, said that Trump's remarks "dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", and that the administration has a "huge misunderstanding" of the continent.

Mr Trump was widely derided previous year after twice referring to Namibia as "Nambia".

He tweeted: "God made me African". Some conservative commentators pushed that narrative following the news. We are certainly not a "shithole country".

Some acknowledged problems in their countries, but blamed this on their poor leaders as well as western nations.



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