GOP senator says Trump didn't use vulgarity for Haiti and African nations

15 January, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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A Republican senator said President Donald Trump did not use the word "s--hole" in reference to immigrants from Haiti and Africa in a meeting at the White House last week.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware) said it's not his place to diagnose the president.

During a meeting with senators on immigration, Mr. Trump questioned why the United States would accept more people from "sh*thole countries", according to Durbin, a Democrat from IL. Trump has denied making those comments.

"In regards to Senator Durbin's accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest", they said in a joint statement.

Trump later tweeted Friday morning that he "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". But two immigration hard-liners, Republican Sens.

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who was also in the room at the time of the meeting, said "I don't recall him saying that exact phrase".

"I didn't hear that word either, I certainly didn't hear what Senator Durbin has said repeatedly", Cotton said.

But Coons has blasted recent comments by Trump denigrating African countries and saying the USA doesn't want immigrants from those countries or from Haiti.

Separately, Durbin told reporters he had not seen a single news report about the President's words that was false.

As for funding the federal government, Manchin says Mr. Trump needs to "stand firm" in support of a bipartisan deal to avoid a shutdown.

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"We all need to stop pretending that there are no consequences when the most powerful person in the world espouses racist views and gives a wink and a nod to the darkest elements in our society", she said. Trump told senators in the Oval Office, according to a source briefed on the meeting, the comments from which were first reported by The Washington Post.

We agree with many priorities that Republicans in Washington have pursued this year.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said late Saturday that it would resume accepting renewal requests from people who had already enrolled in the program. "We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress".

They also appear to conflict with the account of Sen.

Shortly after the ABC News interview on Sunday, Durbin spokesman Ben Marter said on Twitter that Perdue has a credibility problem. The other lawmakers at the meeting, all Republicans, have either not discussed it publicly or made only vague comments.

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They promoted the legislative effort with President Trump at the White House last August (pictured above).

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