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The African Union, a group representing the continent's countries, issued a blistering statement demanding that President Donald Trump retract and apologize for comments referring to African nations as "shitholes".

"I see myself like I'm not part of the community", Gracious Moyo said.

The document stressed that Cuba joins the strong rejection that these statements have arouse around the world, and expresses its most heartfelt solidarity with all the offended countries.

Trump's comments came during an Oval Office meeting where he questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "sh-hole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the Oval Office conversation.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that the president made the remarks during an Oval Office meeting on immigration reform.

Trump has long held similar beliefs, demanding that nations such as Mexico and El Salvador stop the flow of unskilled labor into the United States.

Trump appeared to deny he made the comments in a tweet on Friday, but the AP reported that privately he has defended the remark as a "straightforward" assessment of conditions in the countries under discussion.

Senator Dick Durbin claimed the president said "things which were hate-filled, vile and racist". The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded.

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Some other lawmakers who have been engaged in the negotiations were also optimistic; others said no deal had yet been reached. Trump later declared "the language used by me at the DACA meeting [Thursday] was tough, but this was not the language used".

Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the USA should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.

"Why do we need more Haitians?"

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", White House spokesperson Raj Shah said in a statement.

Donald Trump may prefer immigrants from Norway rather than from what he reportedly called "shithole" countries such as Haiti or those in Africa.

Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 Democratic presidential rival, took to twitter to blast his "ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn't look like him".

Hunder said he expects Trump will hear from Haitian President Jovenel Moise and African leaders about the vulgar remark.

Trump scrapped an Obama-era program that gave the 800,000 young immigrants legal protection, setting a March deadline for Congress to offer a fix though it has been reinstated by a court, for now. As he beamed while signing, of all things, a King holiday proclamation on Friday, the president ignored them when reporters repeatedly asked if he would apologize for Thursday's comments.

"For example, let's say you think black people are lesser and let's say you're also going to talk about it in public", he continued.