Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said Friday he spoke "directly" to President Trump inside the Oval Office after he reportedly used a crude slur to describe to "s***hole countries" from Africa. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!'
The Senate group has been working for months to craft legislation that would protect 700,000 children who were brought to the United States as illegal immigrants and later given protection from deportation under a programme known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Spokesmen for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification Friday.
The Washington Post first reported Trump's vulgar remarks Thursday.
US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said: "The first thing that came to mind was very unfortunate and unhelpful". Made up by Dems. He went on to say that he had "a wonderful relationship with Haitians".
The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust.
Dick Durbin says he had high hopes of securing President Trump's approval of a bipartisan plan for "Dreamers" when he and South Carolina Republican Sen. In exchange, Durbin said people would be allowed to stay in the USA who fled here after disasters hit their homes in places including El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti. Trump used the words "repeatedly", the senator said. "That's the important thing", Ana Quintero, from Venezeula, said. "It's already done, it's not about me, it's about what he said already". I support the President's push for merit based immigration as well as resolving the DACA situation once and for all.
Among Republicans, there were differing responses to what transpired behind closed doors. "If someone should be ashamed it should be Trump", said Michel Aubry, 38, who lost his left foot when his house collapsed during the 2010 natural disaster.
The White House has also led a almost yearlong campaign to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the United States, as part of broader immigration restriction efforts.
One meeting participant who has been quiet so far is Sen.
"As individual Christians, we have a biblical responsibility to place the needs of others above our own, but as Commander-in-Chief, President Trump has the constitutional responsibility to place the interest of our nation above the needs of other countries".
Trump took particular issue with the characterization of his comments on Haiti.
"If that comment is accurate, the comment is incredibly disappointing", Scott told the newspaper.
Durbin said Graham immediately spoke up against Trump's comments, and he commended the Republican senator for doing so. "And what I've heard reported is consistent about what I heard about the meeting".
Commenting on the White House meeting, Graham said on Friday that diversity had always been the United States' strength. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!". "So statements at the eleventh hour are not going to distract me".
Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday and a USA senator who attended the gathering said on Friday that the president used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "shithole". "They're s***hole countries. We should have more people from Norway".
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".
As a moment of silence was held in Haiti on Friday to mark the eighth anniversary of the devastating quake that killed more than 220,000 people, shock waves over President Donald Trump's disparaging description of the island nation cast a pall over the somber ceremony.
The government of Botswana summonsed U.S. Ambassador Earl Miller "to express its displeasure for alleged utterances" and ask for clarification on whether its country is being called a "s-hole". "Do we need more Haitians?"
In a meeting last fall, the president apparently said that a female intelligence expert should be assisting the U.S.in its negotiations with North Korea purely because of her Korean heritage, NBC News reported.
The Trump administration announced late past year that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States following a devastating 2010 quake.
In a discussion about immigration from African nations, Mr. Trump asked why he would want "all these people from shithole countries", according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation.
He also said he appreciated Durbin's statements, and he remains committed to a bipartisan solution to keep Dreamers in the country. █ Trump cancels United Kingdom visit Trump on Thursday cancelled a "working visit" to the United Kingdom planned next month to launch new USA embassy, blaming a "bad deal" to relocate base from central London to an "off location".
Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned the remark on Twitter.