Trump blames US Senator Durbin for blowing immigration deal

As Trump continues to get lambasted over reports that he described Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as "shithole countries", Republicans in the room during the remarks had conflicting interpretations of what the President said. Trump said on Sunday: "I'm not a racist".

"And you can't do that calling each other racist and denying comment", he said. In a followup appearance on Lemon's program, Trump exclaimed, "I am the least racist person you've ever met".

The bloc said that leaders are deeply disturbed by "the use of derogatory and repulsive language" reportedly uttered by Trump and suggested that they fully supported "the dignified statement of the government of the Republic of Haiti in reaction to this highly offensive reference".

Late last week, Haiti's President Jovenel Moise in a statement dubbed Trump's remarks as utterly racist and accused the American president of harboring racist views on Haitian immigrants and those from continental Africa.

Trump was meeting with lawmakers about a potential deal on immigration last week when he questioned why the US should admit more people from Africa and Haiti.

They said Trump expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway, which is overwhelmingly white. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, instead blaming the media for distorting his meaning, said the confidant, who wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Another Republican at the meeting, Sen. We knew it in the 1970s, when he and his father were twice sued by the justice department for refusing to rent apartments to black people.

Trump commented as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.

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.

"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.

There is internal debate in the West Wing over whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse". Graham said Trump had been badly served by his staff and the situation had turned into an "s-show". I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

"What did happen in that meeting was a very constructive conversation about how to move forward", he said.



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