African politicians and diplomats labelled US President Donald Trump a racist on Friday (local time) after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "s***hole" countries.
Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries" at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to United States media.
The UN has also branded as racist, the reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as "shithole countries".
The statement said Gaborone had sought clarification on whether "Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US".
He said that Trump and Carson, the lone African-American member of the Cabinet, were talking about the fallout from Thursday's vulgar remarks when Trump turned to him and said, "I am not the person that the media is making me out to be".
The government of Haiti said in a statement it was "deeply shocked and outraged" by Trump's remark - and called it "racist".
In a statement, the African states demanded that Trump retract and apologize for his comment. Earlier Friday, the president signed a declaration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day and honored the Haitian people involved in the deadly natural disaster on the 8th anniversary of the tragedy. "He used those words", Durbin said. Trump questioned at a White House meeting Thursday why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa than from places like Norway.
"If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States".
Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin, who is of Haitian ancestry, said Friday that Trump is misinformed about the island nation, the first independent country founded by freed slaves.
"If that comment is accurate, the comment is incredibly disappointing", Scott told the newspaper.
Trump said on Twitter Friday that his language during the meeting was "tough", but "this was not the language used".
Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges of racism.