And Diallo had some words of advice for Trump.
"I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals". South Africa's governing party, the African National Congress, criticized the remarks. He allegedly indicated the United States should be more focused on bringing in immigrants from countries like Norway.
Haitians reacted with outrage Friday to reports of Mr. Trump's remarks. The check-up came just before Trump left for another weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort, a golf club at which he spent nearly every third day of his presidency in 2017 alone.
The comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behavior and practice", said Ebba Kalondo, spokesperson for AU chief Moussa Faki.
"Currently, you're talking about a continent that's been totally destabilized by terrorism", Senator Jones says.
On the anniversary, many people want to focus on honoring those who lost their lives.
"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", said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.
As for whether or not it's prudent to use the label, Klein said, "Anchors should report facts". President Jovenel Moise said: "The Haitian government condemns in the strongest terms these abhorrent and obnoxious remarks which, if proven, reflect a totally erroneous and racist view of the Haitian community and its contribution to the United States".
This was the white nationalist vision of America that was promoted by Trump and his disgraced adviser Steve Bannon in the campaign.
But following angry backlash, Trump took to Twitter to deny the claims.
Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages is also voicing disgust over the comments. "And this influencer said what needs to happen, and it's kind of-she made me laugh with it, but it's real".
The president reportedly referred to African countries with a vulgarity during a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration.