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Africans react furiously, and with humor, to Trump's remarks about their countries

JOHANNESBURG - The world reacted with shock, anger and a tinge of humor Friday over President Donald Trump's "shithole countries" remarks, with governments, civic and political organizations, and individuals labeling the president's comments irresponsible and racist.

Africans across the continent felt especially aggrieved by Trump's crude remarks, but some using the hashtag #shithole with beautiful photos of sunsets, elephants grazing on plains and other pretty images. Others were not so lighthearted.

Botswana's government was the first on the continent to condemn Trump's statements, referring to them as "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist."

During a meeting with members of Congress on Thursday to discuss immigration, Trump reportedly became irate and

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