Local African immigrants respond to president's comment

The Norwegian national flag in Olensvag Norway

The controversy, stemming from discussions about whether to include immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and African countries in an immigration bill, appears to have dimmed chances of reaching a deal on immigration in the coming weeks.

Trump suggested the United States should instead welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday.

Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara, said that Trump's words were nothing new from a "racist and ignorant" administration, nor from the West at large.

There is a more direct translation for Trump's term in Swahili, editor Gilbert Mogire said.

Immigration is one of the issues that Pope Francis, who has strongly defended the rights of developing countries, and Trump have clashed over. "We always knew that president Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people or certain colors", alleged Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez.

Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith.

"Whoa. I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States".

Botswana's foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador in protest and called the comments "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, told NBC News that Trump's comment was "based on stereotypes" and that "either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated".

Rupert Colville, a spokesman with the United Nations human rights office, earlier slammed Trump's "vulgar language".

There is a long history of the White House picking and choosing what to reveal about the commander in chief's health, said Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.

UN Spokesman Rupert Colville said Trump's comments, if confirmed, were "shocking and shameful" and opened the door to "humanity's worst side and go against universal values".

He instead told lawmakers the USA should be taking in migrants from countries like Norway, whose prime minister had just visited, according to USA media.

Trump on Friday denied using the vulgarity, but world leaders and members of his own party, along with Democrats, denounced his terminology.

He has characterised Mexican immigrants as "rapists", repeatedly questioned the loyalty of Muslim immigrants, denounced NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem in protest at police brutality against African Americans, and made questionable comments about a violent white supremacist rally.

The acronym - DREAM - spawned "Dreamer", which has become part of the US lexicon.

Trump said he didn't say it.

Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" after triggering global outrage.

Many Africans reminded the U.S. of its historic role in the continent's woes.

"As someone from South Shithole, Trevor is deeply offended by the president's remarks", The Daily Show tweeted of its South African-born host, Trevor Noah.

Biden apologized after a 2007 comment where he said of then-Senator Barack Obama: 'I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.

He stressed the USA was "much stronger than the sum total of one man". "USA deeply respects the people of #Africa & values its partnerships with them".