In a statement it said it had asked the USA government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there. "Mr. President will you respond to these serious questions about your statement sir?"
Shortly after, he tweeted "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
Others who attended the meeting have said that Trump questioned why the US would accept immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti or those in Africa instead of places like Norway, whose prime minister he had met the day before.
Rupert Colville said: "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States". "He's demonstrated himself to be unfit, unknowledgeable about the history of this country and the history of contributions that immigrants, particularly Haitian immigrants, have made to this country".
The African Union's mission to the U.S.in Washington, D.C. said Friday it was "frankly alarmed" and shared its "shock, dismay and outrage" following President Donald Trump's remarks on immigration from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, a group he called "shithole countries".
Another source familiar with the meeting said Mr Trump was questioning why the United States should take in unskilled labourers from the countries under discussion and should instead welcome immigrants from nations that can offer skilled workers. As always, I look forward to considering additional ideas that could make the proposal even better, ' he said.
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"Haitians don't deserve such treatment", said Paul Altidor, the Haitian ambassador.
Many US media outlets reported the comments on Thursday, quoting witnesses or people briefed on the meeting. When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians?
Other Haitians in South Florida called the words from the president hurtful.
Those in the Cabinet Room when Trump made his comments, according to The New York Times, included Sens. "May we continue to be that beacon of hope for the American Dream". The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems.
Also angered by the comments was IL state Sen. "And he said them repeatedly".
"I see myself like I'm not part of the community", Gracious Moyo said.
No matter how much some conservative supporters of Trump believe the United States should adopt an isolationist stance, walling off borders and refusing to deal with the rest of the world, it's not possible. He added that Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".