The African Union (AU), a group representing all 55 countries on the continent, said it was "frankly alarmed" by the US President's comments. He's said to have questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s--hole countries" in Africa.
"Instead, we have been forced to focus on a man whose sense of our country is an inherited gift for sales-gab", he continued.
With Friday being the eight year anniversary of the catastrophic natural disaster in Haiti, Jacques says it brings the conversation full circle - knowing many link those images of destruction and devastation, labeling the country, but he says it won't limit them.
The statement, issued late Friday after the African ambassadors held an emergency meeting, comes amid an global outcry over Trump reportedly saying he'd rather have more immigrants from Norway and fewer from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa. "Do we need more Haitians?"
El Salvador's government has formally protested President Donald Trump's alleged remarks about immigrants from "s***hole countries" and demanded Washington's respect for its "noble and courageous people".
Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein called the comments "beneath the dignity of the presidency" and said Trump's desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway was "an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogeneous, white society".
"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". The statement also noted that the president wanted immigrants who "contribute" and can "assimilate". Trump denies using the word.
No tape is expected to be released as the comment was allegedly made in a private meeting, and it's unclear whether a recording even exists.
Botswana's government issued a statement calling the president's remark "highly irresponsible, reprehensible, and racist".