In 2009 Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, chose Ghana's capital Accra to set out his foreign policy goals for Africa in a speech in which he said he saw Africa "as a fundamental part of our interconnected world".
The U.S. government has faced a sustained diplomatic backlash over the past few days due to the comments, as well as widespread criticism from civil society. "There is a serious need for dialogue between the US administration and the African countries".
"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it", U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said.
The comments revived charges that Trump is racist and roiled already tenuous immigration talks that included discussion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programmes, or DACA.
"We were hoping for that, but the president is not prepared to do that at this moment", Durbin said. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, an attorney general candidate who is the son of Haitian immigrants.More news: Latest US sanctions waivers last chance to fix Iran nuclear deal — Trump
"When the question was raised about Haitians, for example, we have a group that have temporary protected status in the United States because they were the victims of crises, and disasters, political upheaval".
On Friday, AU chief Moussa Faki's spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo had also said Trump's comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice".
Trump denies using that specific language, but some who were present, including Illinois Sen.
Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, called the White House to tell Trump that a bipartisan group of senators had struck a deal to put Dreamers on a path to citizenship, beef up border security and take other steps to change immigration laws.
"He is the president of the United States".
After the comments sparked outrage, the president directly addressed the remarks on Twitter. "He should act accordingly and conduct himself in a more diplomatic manner", said Haitian immigrant Nicolle Saitlious. He then reportedly asked why the United States didn't bring in more immigrants from a country like Norway.
Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith.