Trump aides debate which version of vulgarity Trump uttered
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 17, 2018,
Jan 17, 2018, 14:17
Republicans were paddling hard up s-t creek Sunday as they changed their stories about President Trump's vulgar immigration remark and were unable to even reach a consensus on whether he said it or not.
U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and David Perdue, of Georgia, have also said Durbin misrepresented the president's statements.
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 USA should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.
Complicating matters significantly, Trump denied using the term "sh*thole", saying he used tough language, but that "was not the language used".
A member of Trump's camp said the president spent Thursday evening contacting friends and advisers to see how they felt about his remarks.
Durbin told the Sun-Times that following the White House meeting, he and Graham went back to Capitol Hill "and we called nearly all, I think all but one of our group, the six that had negotiated". "No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST".
Sens. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Richard Durbin, a Democrat, struck a deal between themselves that called for a generous pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, gave Mr. Trump less than 10 percent of his border wall and a slim reduction - if any - in chain migration.
When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied, "We don't need more Haitians'".
Meanwhile, Mr. Graham and Mr. Durbin said they would try to build support for their plan, brushing aside Mr. Trump's complaints that it's not good enough.
Trump was also alleged to have said that African countries, alongside Haiti and El Salvador, constitute "shitholes" from where migrants into the United States were undesirable.
When reporters persisted in shouting questions, a grim-faced Trump barked: "Out!"
"I didn't hear it, and I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was". A senior GOP source familiar with the matter told CNN that instead of hearing the President say "sh-hole" during the meeting, some Republicans actually heard "sh-house".
Graham also lamented that "the discourse right now is pretty low".
"I am telling you that he did not use that word. That I can tell you", he told reporters. He then insisted he'd said "nothing derogatory" about Haitians, though he made no attempt to clarify if was guilty of doing so regarding Africa.
On the false missile alert sent by Hawaiian officials, which triggered panic and confusion in the state, the president said he "love [s] that they took responsibility".
Trump himself marked the day with a videotaped speech posted on Twitter that alluded to King's celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech.
Trump's tweets came just hours after his administration resumed receiving renewal applications for "Dreamers" under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program following a federal court order blocking the administration from ending the program.
He made this disparaging remark during immigration negotiations on Thursday with lawmakers in the Oval Office.
In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump accused Democrats of wanting to shut down.