Republican senators in Trump meeting say they don't recall 'shithole' comment

After talking on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin was optimistic that a compromise deal with some Republicans to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants was on the verge of success.

Spokesmen for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification Friday.

Donald Trump ragging on immigrants from "sh*hole countries" in a January 11 Oval Office meeting has gotten him into some deep. well, sh*t.

The President has since denied the comments; however, following Trump's denial, Sen. Tom Cotton. In addition to the lawmakers, White House chief of staff John Kelly and White House legislative director Marc Short were also present.

"Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians? I think he doesn't deserve to be a president". Lindsey Graham challenged those comments, which Durbin called an act of courage. The reported deal included $1.5 billion in funding for a border wall and drastic reductions in the visa lottery program.

NAKASEC joined other groups in calling for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to be attached to the federal budget vote, in lieu of a massive reform bill that would include cuts to other aspects of the US immigration system.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center also chimed in on Twitter, saying "El Salvador was among the first to join our coalition in Iraq, sending thousands of soldiers to fight and die alongside Americans".

"And when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians?"

"In addition to being insulting to us, more importantly it's quite disrespectful and insulting to the people that we're trying to help and the friends and colleagues that we've made there over the last eight years", Furey said in an interview. He said Trump's comment "not only insulted Africans, he has also insulted African-Americans". "But you know what I thought of right away?" I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

"We are here today to let the world know who we are as Haitians", said Jacky Cheri with the United Haitians Living Abroad.

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"I'm not going to go into discussing or debating whether or not the president is racist".

Trump reportedly asked, "Why are we having all these people from s--hole countries come here".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called the comments "beneath the dignity of the presidency" and said Trump's desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway was "an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogenous, white society".

Controversy is swirling about claims that President Donald Trump made a vulgar comment about struggling countries and their immigrants. Not more - not just once, but repeatedly. "That was the nature of this conversation". "But for him to confront the president as he did - literally sitting next to him - took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it".

The president's latest comments drew reactions from overseas on Friday. African Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains, and when you speak about chain migration, it hurts them personally. "He said, 'Oh, that's a good line'".

The president on Friday denied that he made derogatory comments about Haitians, saying he used "tough" language in the meeting. Diaz-Balart issued a statement that did not acknowledge or refute the president's "sh*thole" remarks. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs.

But the group called for public condemnation of the comments by South Carolina's senators.

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo told the Associated Press news agency.

Durbin said in his statement Friday that he and others in his bipartisan group will continue pressing for a DACA deal.

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