Durbin, Trump Spar Over Vulgar Language Used to Describe Immigrants
02:48, Jan 19, 2018
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Trump in a tweet Friday appeared to deny using the term "shithole" to refer to those countries but acknowledged using "tough" language during the negotiations over immigration legislation. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. They said Trump expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway, which is overwhelmingly white. "I don't have those problems", Trump said. His comments have been widely criticized around the world - especially by countries included in his description - and were largely derided by the US media. "If there was, I want to just call on the White House right now: Release whatever you have".
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"I'm the least racist person you will ever interview", the president told reporters at Trump International Golf course, where he was meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). He also blamed Democrats for the delay on passing immigration reform that includes protections for young illegal immigrants.
Mr. Trump's comments were met with widespread consternation in Africa, with an African Union spokeswoman saying the body was "frankly alarmed".
Durbin shot back at his GOP colleagues, who a day earlier implied he mischaracterized the meeting.
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. Durbin confirmed the president's vulgar language on the record, but a pair of senators defended Trump over the weekend, accusing Durbin of making it up. Purdue said Durbin had committed a "gross misrepresentation" of the president's words, and Cotton argued on CBS's Face the Nation that Durbin "has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings". "They said those words were used before those words went public", Flake said. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private conversation. Trump wrote, "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians". "We have advised our ambassadors ... to indicate that our commitment to those countries remains strong". "I can understand, as far as Senator Cotton's concern, his position on immigration is well known".
"And I'm not just talking about what was recently in the news as he described Haiti ... but, other things he has said repeatedly throughout his tenure as both the president and as a candidate", Emanuel said. The brief comment came as his staff was urging members of the media to leave the room.
Trump said he thinks a deal on immigration is still possible.
Democrats have condemned Trump's remarks as "racist", a charge Sanders rejected as "outrageous".
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