Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham: Let's end this "s-show" on immigration

Cheryl Sanders
January 16, 2018

In that meeting, according to Durbin and multiple reports, Trump referred to Haiti and countries in Africa with vulgar language, indicating he didn't want immigrants from those nations in the US, but would prefer more Europeans.

Georgia Sen. David Perdue called reports describing Trump as using vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation" and said Democratic Sen. Tom Cotton also said he didn't hear Trump's comments, and criticised Durbin - though when pressed by "CBS This Morning" host John Dickerson, the Arkansas senator confusingly refused to answer whether Durbin was lying.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin is standing by his claim that President Donald Trump questioned why the country has to accept immigrants from "shithole" African countries, after two Republican colleagues belatedly refuted the Illinois Democrat.

Last summer, one of Trump's biggest presidential scandals came after he hesitated to denounce white supremacists who rallied in Charlottesville, Va. and later said the counter-protesters deserved blame as well.

Monday, Durbin also remained unmoved by White House assertions reported by many media outlets that what Trump actually said was "shithouse".

"What we have going on here right now is a gross misrepresentation", he repeatedly told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week. Look, this deal has got to find symmetry, and so far, the potential is there.

He was speaking in reference to El Salvador, Haiti and several African countries. Graham said he told Trump at the time how he felt about his comments. GOP Senators "Perdue and Cotton seem to have heard latter, this person said, and are using to deny".

Shortly before the meeting on Thursday, Trump had an agreeable conversation with Sen. Never said "take them out". He told reporters in IL, "I am stunned that this is their defense". They said Trump expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway, which is overwhelmingly white. Dick Durbin, who confirmed reports that Trump made the "s.thole" remarks.

Trump and some Republicans have said the senators' agreement is insufficient. Tom Cotton had previously issued a statement saying they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically". "If the President of the United States used the word "blank-hole" talking about countries in the Oval Office, or didn't say it, I would know".

The president's reportedly harsh comments about Africa and Haiti angered Democrats and were also condemned by a number of Republicans - throwing some doubt on Congress' willingness to make an immigration deal with the White House at this time. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

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