On Sunday he told reporters he was "the least racist person you will interview".
It was more than 24 hours later, with the outrage still growing both at home and overseas, that Trump finally put out the usual statement (we've heard it on dozens of other occasions) denying that he had said what many people - senior members of Congress, in this case - had heard him saying. "I didn't hear it, and I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was", Cotton said on CBS' "Face the Nation".
There are 10 Democratic senators who hail from mostly conservative, mostly white states that Trump won. Conservatives searching for reasons to oppose the Graham-Durbin deal don't have to look hard-it would carve out legal status for the parents of Dreamers in the form of Temporary Protected Status, or T.P.S., a designation which the Trump Administration is now rescinding for hundreds of thousands of people.
Some also have criticized Durbin for revealing details of a private meeting with the president, but Durbin said he felt compelled to do so when Trump denied using the phrase after the vulgarity was first reported.
Georgia Sen. David Perdue said Trump "did not use that word" and called the assertions that he did "a gross misrepresentation".
Before Bannon had a public falling-out with the president over the former adviser's comments in a new book about the Trump White House, the expectation had been that Bannon's involvement might tempt Trump to interject himself into some those fights.
"Did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments?" he asked, referring to lawmakers who were meeting with him in the Oval Office on Thursday when Trump is said to have made the comments.
The South Carolina senator was possibly directing his comments at Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told a newspaper that Sen.More news: Australian Open Day Two at Melbourne Park — Latest updates
The President also addressed the looming government shutdown when asked if it would happen.
White House chief of staff John Kelly said Wednesday that the bill didn't meet the bipartisan and bicameral standard set by the President.
The White House statement honoring Jordan began by quoting her: "It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest".
"It's going to take you, Mr. President, working with Republicans and Democrats to get this done", Graham said.
During an Oval Office meeting on immigration Thursday, Trump expressed frustration with people coming to the United States from countries in Africa and elsewhere, sources told CNN.
Trump was bound to explode when he learned the particulars of the Graham-Durbin proposal. While the specific word he chose is immaterial - as I noted here - the fact that the President of the United States as well as several USA senators and a Cabinet secretary are offering up totally contradictory accounts of what exactly happened in that meeting is worth further examination. "When you look at the damage we've done to the military, no enemy can hope to do this".
CHUCK TODD: You know, during the campaign, you lamented the fact that when you got into the race, you were doing things like speaking at Howard [University], trying to show - expand the tent of the Republican Party. "A lot of things can happen".
But that doesn't at all affect the main point - Trump's perception of the differences in the average immigrant from countries like Haiti and Norway is at the very least a outcome ignorance, or as many have suggested, racism. Paul said Trump was a major financial backer of the trip, which Paul used to perform cataract surgeries for about 200 poor people. "Their attitude and what they want to do, I think it's terrific".
Although they make up a tiny portion of the U.S. population, a whopping 17 percent of all Nigerians in this country held master's degrees while 4 percent had a doctorate, according to the 2006 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.