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Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the only Democrat at the meeting with Trump, confirmed the vulgar comments, telling reporters the president said "things that were hate-filled, vile and racist".

He did not address the reports that he disparaged African nations and ignored questions about the comments from reporters.

The State Department was left scrambling to contain the damage, with a top official saying that - while Trump denies using the language attributed to him - envoys had been briefed to convey Washington's respect if summoned to explain themselves, as they were in Botswana.

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Immigration activists and even members of Congress have cautioned the Trump administration against sending Haitian immigrants back.

She also defended his alleged remarks, saying they were targeted towards the governments of those countries, not necessarily the people.

"My hope is that it will inspire individuals to say I'm going to live my life to prove them wrong, that statement wrong, the misconceptions wrong, or the labels wrong", Jacques said. The Trump administration announced in November that it would revoke protected status from almost 60,000 Haitians by mid-2019, following a determination by the Department of Homeland security that the "extraordinary conditions" justifying sanctuary after the natural disaster no longer exist.

Trump reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.

El Salvador slammed them as "deplorable".

Trump suggested the United States should instead welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday. Trump denies using the word "shithole" including towards Haiti, which is marking the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake.

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"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville.

Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, said they "do not recall" Trump's derogatory comments about Africa.

President Jovenel Moise led a ceremony in Port-au-Prince on Friday to mark the eighth anniversary of Haiti's devastating quake, sidelining alleged remarks made by President Donald Trump that reportedly described the Caribbean country as a "shithole".

The statement was immediately shared by Former US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power on her Twitter handle saying it was odd to see Africa come together against a US statement.

The comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice", said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.

"We can now we say with 100% confidence that the president is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our constitution".

The government of Botswana summoned the USA 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.

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

In Nigeria, one resident in Lagos told Reuters "calling [every] African country shithole is really, really, very bad and I think every African country should just learn from this and probably just stay in their country and work with their resources". Africans woke up on Friday to find President Donald Trump taking an interest in their continent. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake.