Trump blames Sen. 'Dicky' Durbin for blowing a DACA immigration deal

"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump, must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years", said the statement.

"The president hasn't said he didn't use strong language", press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

He also suggested the White House did not record the conversation.

I suppose I should also mention that Trump now denies making the statements, but there is absolutely no reason to believe him.

But that doesn't at all affect the main point - Trump's perception of the differences in the average immigrant from countries like Haiti and Norway is at the very least a effect ignorance, or as many have suggested, racism.

"I know what was said, and I know what I said", Graham said.

The South Carolina Republican says White House chief of staff John Kelly is "a fine man, but he's part of the staff".

Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the United States should be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.

"What I was struck with frankly, as I'm sure you were as well, was just the general profanity used in the room by nearly everyone".

"Close this deal", Graham added, speaking directly to Trump. "I am stunned that this is their defense", Durbin said.

He was referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young people who came to the U.S.as children and are living here illegally.

Nigeria is far from being the first country to demonstarate its protest about the U.S. president's racially-charged comments.

Trump said: "We want 'em to come in from everywhere, everywhere".

As well, Durbin and people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorised to describe it publicly said Trump also questioned the need to admit more Haitians.


Trump has not clarified to aides what he said.

The comments drew immediate and intense backlash from leaders around the globe. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., over immigration in a tweet on Monday.

Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen.

Perdue described as a "gross misrepresentation" reports that Trump used the vulgarity.

Some lawmakers on January 14, denied President Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations "shithole countries", as debate over an immigration deal continues and Congress faces a government shutdown.

Nielsen confirmed Trump's tone while testifying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning. Sen. Cotton said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he "didn't hear" the vulgar word. "I take a little bit of offense to the suggestion that the president is racist, " she said Sunday.

Durbin said after the Oval Office meeting that Trump's words to the senators were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content".

The Illinois Democrat says he and a handful of other senators who crafted a bipartisan immigration deal are working to win over additional supporters.

"Did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments?" he asked reporters.

Lawmakers have until Friday to approve a short-term government spending bill, and Republicans will need Democratic votes to push the measure through.

Left to its own devices, the State Department came up with its own talking points to be used by US missions in Africa working to stem the damage, said a USA official, who wasn't authorized to disclose internal deliberations and demanded anonymity.

Responding to Democrats' assertions that Trump's comments were "racist", Sanders calls the claim "outrageous", citing their previous embrace of Trump. "Why did Chuck Schumer and all of his colleagues come and beg Donald Trump for money?" Under one-quarter of respondents said the same about "China, India and other parts of Asia", or about African nations, with even fewer respondents saying the US admits too many immigrants from Europe or from "predominantly Christian countries". "I could make a million Donald Trump jokes, and I have, but our party and our country is going to have to up its game", he said at one point.

Two-thirds of Americans are optimistic about the economy under Trump, with 66 percent of Americans saying this week that the economy was "good" or "excellent", the most positive consumer confidence level since 2001.

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