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"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the Washington Post quoted him as saying.

On Monday, the department took that same action against immigrants from El Salvador, another country reportedly mentioned at an immigration meeting Thursday.

In South Africa, a senior official of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said Trump was "extremely offensive" when he used the term "shithole countries" to describe developing countries.

Several African leaders, ambassadors and different dignitaries have expressed shock and pain following President Trump's comments.

The group, which represents the 55 countries on the African continent, said that Trump's remarks "dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", and that the administration has a "huge misunderstanding" of the continent.

Ambassadors unanimously agreed the resolution after an emergency session to discuss Mr Trump's remarks.

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said to the Associated Press.

Many Africans reminded the United States of its historic role in the continent's woes.

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Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara said Mr Trump's words were nothing new.

Some acknowledged problems in their countries, but blamed this on their poor leaders as well as western nations. "Our motherland is the most blessed continent that has been raped by imperialists in collaboration with our s***ty misleaders for generations", wrote Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi on Twitter.

Trump was widely condemned by many African countries and by global rights organisations for the comments.

Even war-torn South Sudan weighed in, with president Salva Kiir's spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, slamming the comments as "outrageous". We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.

Why allow immigrants from shithole countries?

The African Union has also said it was alarmed by President Trump's vulgar statement.

Making reference to Trump's reported derogatory comments about Haiti, ambassadors expressed solidarity with the people of Haiti "and others that have been similarly denigrated". "And he said them repeatedly". The US Military also carries out training and advisory missions in other African countries, with hundreds of troops performing that mission in Niger and Somalia.

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