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"Given the historical reality of how African Americans arrived in the United States as slaves, and the United States being the biggest example of how a nation has been built by migration - for a statement like that to come is particularly upsetting", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

It noted that Trump's comments had immediately sparked "controversy and indignation".

Editor's note: NPR has decided in this case to spell out the vulgar word that the president reportedly used because it meets our standard for use of offensive language. Mr Ryan was one of many commentators and analysts who referred to the treatment of Irish immigrants to America in previous centuries, as criticism of Mr Trump's comments grew throughout the day. Trump allegedly questioned why the USA doesn't admit more immigrants from countries like Norway, whose prime minister visited the White House this week.

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

The White House has not denied the language used at the Thursday meeting on immigration. I could tell you about my parents, how they came to this country with so many other Haitians, how they embraced the American dream and thrived, how I and so many first-generation Haitian-Americans are products of our parents' American dreams.

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In response to the backlash, President Trump took to Twitter (as he usually does), and denied using "tough" language during the meeting. For instance, in June, according to the New York Times, he said Haitians "all have AIDS".

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), whom Durbin said had voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks.

The African Union said in its statement that while it condemn Trump's remark, maintaining a dialogue with the president was necessary to help him better understand their continent. He did so after Mr. Trump tweeted a denial, saying that he used "tough" language but "not that language".

Critics have argued that Trump's favoring immigrants from white European countries over those who are black and brown, was unequivocally racist.

"When he says good things about the folks that ran over people in Charlottesville, Virginia, and when he panders to the radical right white supremacist of America, he has now become them". Obviously, even dysfunctional places have their talented people who could pass muster under a merit-based system, and we should always have a refugee program for people facing persecution in their home countries.

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Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt had earlier tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump are personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the U.S. and buying tons of USA military hardware". But do we really need to spray asterisk sanitizer on a word that 1) everyone knows; 2) is heard on regular cable TV; and 3) was a direct quote from the President of the United States?

Altidor said the USA chargé d'affaires in Haiti had been summoned to explain the reported comments.

The Haitian government said it is "deeply shocked and outraged" by the president's reported vulgar remark, calling it "racist".

"President Trump has been and is a racist".

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, also a Republican, said he wanted more details of the president's comments.

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Trump reportedly said. "Take them out".

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