GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: Trump vulgarity debate has become an 's-show'

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 am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you".

NBC reports that Trump uttered, "No, No".

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who was at Thursday's Oval Office meeting, insisted Sunday that Trump did not say "shithole" in referring to African countries.

Certain Republicans have rallied behind Trump, casting doubt on what he said at the meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers. People briefed on the conversation also say that during the meeting the president also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the US. Indeed, he has said that they were proof that "Dicky Durbin" and other Democrats didn't care about a deal on Dreamers, and were willing to blow up the negotiations by lying about him. The White House has not denied that Trump said the word "shithole", though Trump did push back on some depictions of the meeting.

Shortly before the meeting on Thursday, Trump had an agreeable conversation with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who attended last week's meeting, the reported quotes were accurate. "I haven't heard any of those six sources other than Senator Durbin talk about what was said".

Trump is tying an extension of DACA to funding for a wall along the U.S. - Mexican border.

"What I heard I didn't like", Graham said. On Sunday, they backtracked and challenged other senators' descriptions of the remarks.

Left to its own devices, the State Department came up with its own talking points to be used by USA missions in Africa working to stem the damage, said a US official, who wasn't authorized to disclose internal deliberations and demanded anonymity. "That's their choice", Durbin said. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., were mistaken in indicating earlier that that was the case.

Graham also lamented that "the discourse right now is pretty low". I'm a conservative Republican who understands that liberal Democrats have a point of view, and like Ronald Reagan I want to find common ground where we can.

"I think he is a racist", he said Sunday on ABC's "This Week". Trump denied making the comment in a Twitter posting on Friday, although the White House didn't dispute the quotations after they were widely reported on Thursday. Sen.

"The proposal brought by Senator Durbin and Senator Graham would go in the opposite of what we need, which is a skill-based system that treats people for who they are, not where they're from", Cotton said. She said the Trump administration and congressional Republicans want "a security-immigration deal".

"As far as I'm concerned, I have two very good friends that were there, standing within range, who said the statements were not made", Sen.

The Trump administration late past year announced it would end the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti, a move that could affect tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

"President Trump said things that were hate-filled, vile, and racist".

On Tuesday, surrounded by reporters in the Capitol after a hearing on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Graham still didn't explicitly confirm what Trump said.

It protects young immigrants - known as "Dreamers" - brought into the United States illegally by their parents from deportation.

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