"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", the African Union mission to the United States said in a blistering statement.
Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power has shared the statement on Twitter, saying: "Whoa".
"This is not only hurtful, I think, to people of African origin in the United States, but certainly to African citizens", she said.
The American president is reported to have insulted Africans as "shitholes", an insult which many Africans based in the United States did not take lightly.
Trump made his controversial statement when he met U.S. legislators who came to see him about a bipartisan - meaning it is supported by Democrats and Republicans - bill on immigration, which Trump rejected. He tweeted Friday that he used "tough" language but "not that language", which was being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, although Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial.
"It is not true", said Durbin, who was one of the lawmakers at the Oval Office meeting.
"Developing countries do have difficulties, these difficulties are not small things", she said.
"He didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest - so white they wear moon-screen", he said.
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The statement the African ambassadors issued expresses concern over the Trump administration's apparent increasing denigration of Africa "and people of color".
Addressing the media ahead of the ANC's January 8 statement in East London, deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte described Trump's comments as "unfortunate".
She stressed that the U.S. was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".
The president spent Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest.
On Monday, the department took that same action against immigrants from El Salvador, another country reportedly mentioned at an immigration meeting Thursday. "We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries". We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.
The outcry over Trump's remarks dominated news coverage on Friday and has complicated efforts to reach a deal on immigration.
Trump's alleged description of some nations on the continent as "shithole countries" has not sat well with many, including a number of world leaders who have called on Mr. Trump to retract his comments and issue an apology.