Dick Durbin Was In The Room And Confirms Trump Made 'Shithole' Comments

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Echoed Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: "These comments are highly inappropriate and out of bounds and could hurt efforts for a bipartisan immigration agreement".

Mr. Trump reportedly called immigrants from Haiti and African countries people from "Shitholes" during an immigration meeting in White House.

The comments revived charges that the president is racist, and rocked immigration talks that were already on a tenuous footing.

So was Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of IL, who told reporters separately on Friday morning that Graham stood up to the president after he reportedly made derogatory comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, and wondered aloud why the United States couldn't attract more immigrants from predominantly-white Norway.

In South Africa, a senior official of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said Trump was "extremely offensive" when he used the term "s**thole countries" to describe developing countries. The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content".

"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it", Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told WPLG-TV in Miami.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Trump also suggested that momentum toward a deal on maintaining such protection had stalled.

Trump has seemed to deny using those words but acknowledged on Twitter that he used "tough" language during White House negotiations this week with lawmakers on an immigration bill.

While many Republican lawmakers stayed quiet on Trump's remarks, Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, called them "unfortunate" and "unhelpful", noting in an interview on CNN that his family had emigrated to the United States from Ireland to help build the nation's railroads.

He has emerged as a leader in negotiations over how to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a 2012 executive order from President Barack Obama protecting roughly 800,000 immigrants from deportation who were brought to the country illegally by their parents as young children.

The U.S. Congress just passed a historically unpopular tax bill which overwhelmingly benefits the super-wealthy, but they can not pass gun control legislation favored by 94% of Americans or protections for DREAMers favored by 76% of Americans.

Some of Trump's evangelical advisers declined to comment on the president's remarks, including Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., and Bishop Harry Jackson, an African American pastor from Beltsville, Md. "Now, Congress must set the example by rising above this comment and finding bipartisan solutions to the issues before us". Jeffress said. "We have the right to screen [refugees] based on the economic benefit they might bring, and we can establish the criteria we want to use". Some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged.

But the government of Haiti - which yesterday marked the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake that killed at least 200,000 people - declared itself "outraged and shocked" by the "racist" slur.

"I spoke with President Jovenel Moise about the issue, and, of course, the president condemns such language and he is shocked", Altidor remarked, adding that the U.S. charge d'affaires in Haiti had been summoned to explain the United States president's remarks. "There is just so much dissension in this country right now", one church member said.

One of the six senators who crafted the deal, Democrat Michael Bennet of Colorado, said Saturday that the proposal "has everything the president asked for on the border".

Christian Christensen, a United States citizen living in Sweden, wondered on Twitter why citizens of Norway would emigrate, pointing out the higher occurrences of shootings and poverty as well as the lack of healthcare and a social welfare net. Mr Durbin told reporters in Chicago.

Trump also denied saying "anything derogatory" about Haitians.

Problems these experts say they have observed include rambling speech; episodes of slurred speech; failure to recognize old friends; frequent repetition of the same concepts; decreased fine motor coordination; difficulties reading, listening and comprehending; suspect judgment, planning, problem solving and impulse control; and markedly declining vocabulary in recent years, with overreliance on superlatives, according to the letter. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

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