Following Reported 'Shithole' Comments, Trump Insists He's Not a Racist

Co-host Meghan McCain asked Durbin if publicly disclosing what Trump said hurt any progress being made on a deal on the fate of almost 800,000 Dreamers-immigrants brought into the children.

The DACA program, however, is "probably dead", all because of the Democrats' alleged unwillingness to make a deal, Trump said earlier. Trump said there can be no deal because there is no trust.

"And they want to take money away from our military, which we will not do".

Tapper then asked Durbin whether the president was referring to Africa when he made the "shithole" comment.

On Friday, Trump tweeted that, "the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

A person familiar with the meeting said Durbin and South Carolina GOP Sen.

The White House has not denied that Mr Trump used a vulgar term, and indicated on Tuesday that no apology would be forthcoming.

"I stick with my original interpretation".

The U.S. Embassy confirmed receipt of the government's request on Monday.

"The only pathway forward is a bipartisan deal", Graham said.

"I'm not a racist. I can tell you explicitly they are wrong", the Illinois Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper in an exclusive sit-down interview.

Graham has not disputed Durbin's account. Trump, says Republican Sen. Trump has been unable to fulfill many of his campaign promises on the border since assuming office almost a year ago.

Other GOP senators, however, said they believed Cotton and Perdue over Durbin.

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

But he wondered "why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" "And it's about time we stood back up for it." - just three of the numerous people we spoke to.

Graham released a statement Friday saying that he "said my piece" to Trump over whatever was said.

"My memory hasn't evolved", Graham said Monday, in what seemed like a dig at his GOP colleagues.

"He said, 'Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country".

Trump's claim was backed up by a number of senior Republican lawmakers who reportedly said they do not remember the POTUs making the remark.

"I'm telling you he did not use that word", Perdue told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Sunday. It means that you buy into an ideal of self-representation, compassion, tolerance, the ability to practice one's religion without interference and the acceptance of those who are different.

Other news outlets corroborated the Post report, as well as a number of lawmakers who were present at the meeting.

"You got people pouring in".

Trump's comments on Sunday were a departure from the White House's initial statement, which did not deny the comments outright, but noted that the president did not denigrate Haiti, as was alleged.

Trump has blamed the Democrats for refusing to negotiate a deal on DACA.

Durbin said the neither word is acceptable from the president.

"This isn't hard", said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh.

  • Julie Sanders