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In an earlier tweet, Mahama had said that Trump's comments showed he was "nothing but a racist".

Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable", telling WPLG-TV in Miami that "if that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it".

The president later tweeted on Friday adding that he never said "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Trump has called himself the "least racist person that you've ever met" and has spoken positively about Haitians in public.

The NAACP president predicted Trump's remarks will help motivate African-American voters in the 2018 midterm elections, saying the comments are "the language of the '50s and '60s, it is the language of a Ross Barnett and a George Wallace".

Earlier, the government of Botswana had announced that it had summoned the United States ambassador to explain Trump's comments, reportedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting on immigration.

Jean, who was born in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, called Trump's reported remarks "insulting".

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was equally critical of her onetime rival in last year's presidential campaign and the U.S. ambassador to Panama has tendered his resignation amid the ongoing scandal. The Associated Press, however, reported that Trump privately defended the alleged comment, arguing it wasn't racist but "straightforward". "I expect that our assistance programmes would continue pretty much as they are", Jackson told Joy News.

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Trump is joining with Prime Minister Erna Solberg at a news conference following their meeting at the White House. The US president emphasized that he is not going to let the Paris agreement to deny the US competitive edge.

"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet.

When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, the USA president said: "We don't need more Haitians".

The African Union said Friday that President Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "sh*hole countries" broke with "accepted behaviour" and was "extremely upsetting".

"I'm bothered by what he said, but I don't think the entire America would agree with him", Charitable said.

"My colleague [Senator Graham] spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said", Durbin said. "That's not how a president behaves".

Jean, who was born in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and is now secretary general of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, called Trump's reported remarks "insulting".

Trump reportedly described the homelands of migrants arriving in the United States as "sh*tholes" while speaking at the White House on Thursday.

In exchange the USA would shield hundreds of thousands of young people known as "Dreamers" from deportation.

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