On Thursday, Mr Trump reportedly described immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "shithole" countries, drawing charges of racism. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Mr Trump had said, people with direct knowledge of the matter told The Washington Post. The New York Times later reported the same comment, citing people who are familiar with the matter.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Mr Trump tweeted a day later in reference to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA programme, which shields from deportation some eight lakh immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.
New Yorker magazine's tweet of its cover for the January 22 edition is titled "In the Hole"; it is created by freelance artist Anthony Russo in "response to President Trump's recent comments about immigration."
African politicians and diplomats have criticised Mr Trump for the "shithole" remark. Botswana's foreign ministry on Friday summoned the US ambassador in protest and called the comments "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist." Senegal's foreign ministry also called in the US ambassador in Dakar to demonstrate its displeasure, news agency Reuters reported.
"If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but 'racist'," Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.