It's noteworthy that these comments came one day before the eighth anniversary of the devastating Haiti natural disaster that led the U.S.to offer protected status to almost 60,000 Haitians, and the week before the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.
A group of African ambassadors at the United Nations also issued a statement on Friday that condemned the "outrageous, racist and xenophobic" remarks by the president. Trump used profane language Thursday, Jan. 11, as he questioned why the US should permit immigrants from certain countries, according to three people briefed on the conversation. On Friday he denied using that language.
On Thursday, Trump came under fire for questioning why the USA should permit immigrants from "shithole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers.
Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on Twitter Friday morning.
One user, Christian Christensen, a Stockholm-based American professor, wrote: "Of course people from Norway would love to move to a country where people are far more likely to be shot, live in poverty, get no healthcare because they're poor, get no paid parental leave or subsidized daycare and see fewer women in political power". Trump reportedly said. "Take them out".
We're talking straight-up, go-back-to-where-you-came-from bigotry, the kind that emboldened Southern segregationists to barricade college classrooms and train firehoses on civil rights demonstrators more than half a century ago.
Hunder said he expects Trump will hear from Haitian President Jovenel Moise and African leaders about the vulgar remark.
He later added, "I thought he misspoke, and, as I said, I think President Trump is not a racist, but I do think he is racially uninformed".
In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top US diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology.
"It may be called the White House, but this is the country of color".
In an earlier tweet, Mahama had said that Trump's comments showed he was "nothing but a racist".
The alleged remarks were said to have also been made in reference to Haiti and El Salvador.
Haitians' TPS had been continually renewed since then, but in May, then-DHS head and now Trump chief of staff John Kelly announced that their status, which was coming up again for renewal in July, would only be renewed for six months and reevaluated in November... However, President Donald Trump has rejected it, according to multiple reports.