The statement concludes, "The African Union Mission condemns the comments in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology to not only to the Africans but to all of people of African descent around the globe".
Dick Durbin, who was in the room with Trump when he made the remark, said that the president did use "vile, vulgar" language including the word "shithole".
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best".
Good health may exonerate the president of mental instability, but it will not help the president out of the sh***hole a few choice words can create. Because not only does he think brown countries are shitholes, he thinks, what, we're never going to know what he said?
"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", he said. Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.
After an emergency session to discuss Mr Trump's remarks, a group of 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the U.S. administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour". "This shows the president is using language that implies he's thinking like a racist while making immigration policy".
The United Nations slammed the reported remarks as "shocking and shameful" and "racist". It's a middle finger to shithole countries, but more to the point, it's a statement that we don't want the people from them. Many Africans reminded the USA of its historic role in the continent's woes.
Durbin said people who would be allowed to stay in the US included those who had fled here after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.
Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara told AFP that Trump's words were nothing new.
Some Nigerians did not hold back, with many on Twitter saying their country was a "shithole", but that it was "our shithole" to criticise. "And he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters Friday.
In Senegal's capital Dakar, administrator Idrissa Fall said "we can not really say that he (Trump) is wrong".
"It is thanks to our African leaders that we are insulted that way", she said.
An agreement on immigration reform seemed hopeful when Trump and members of Congress met at the White House to discuss the issue Tuesday.
Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" monologue also took on Trump's latest controversy. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., described to Trump also includes his $1.6 billion request for a first installment on his long-sought border wall, aides familiar with the agreement said.