PANAMA CITY — The municipal council of Panama City has declared US real estate tycoon Donald Trump persona non grata following remarks he allegedly made about the Panama Canal.

"We unanimously approved a resolution that declared Donald Trump persona non grata," Javier Ortega, a member of the council, told AFP Friday.

According to Panamanian officials, Trump told CNN that the United States had "stupidly" handed over the Panama Canal to the country "in exchange for nothing."

The canal, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, was handed over to Panama in 1999 under a 1977 treaty signed by former US president Jimmy Carter.

"I think it was a political stupidity on the part of Donald Trump," said Panamanian Commerce and Industry Minister Roberto Henriquez.

"Somebody who has 400 million dollars invested in Panama should not speak this way."