Trump's vulgarity overshadows shift in GOP immigration policy

WaPo Trump slurs immigrants from 'shithole' countries

WaPo Trump slurs immigrants from 'shithole' countries

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., is pushing back on reports that claim President Donald Trump used a derogatory term to describe some countries last week, saying there was a "gross misrepresentation" of what was actually said during the bipartisan White House meeting. They did not condemn or outright deny the comments. Trump said a year ago that he's killing the program unless Congress sends him legislation by March to keep it.

"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.

The tone of discussion had looked very different early on Thursday.

Around 10:15 a.m., Trump returned Durbin's call and was told about the main elements of the deal.

Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, tweeted a rebuke early Sunday: "Credibility is something that's built by being consistently honest over time", he said. "Sen. Durbin and Sen".

Dickerson asked, "So, is Senator Durbin lying?"

The move by Cotton and Perdue appears to be an attempt to muddy the waters and give Trump some level of cover.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte were both there, as was White House aide Stephen Miller, a proponent of severely limiting immigration. CNN reported Friday afternoon that Graham had confirmed Durbin's version of the story.

Trump's Selective and Self-Serving Poll Reading
Even worse, an wonderful 57 percent of respondents said Trump is "not fit for office" and 69 percent said he isn't "level-headed". The poll held a few positives for the president: 59 percent say he is "a strong person", with 39 percent disagreeing.

He also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.

It is alleged Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more people from Haiti and "sh**hole countries".

Durbin said Graham immediately spoke up against Trump's comments, and he commended the Republican senator for doing so.

Senator Durbin has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings though, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by that.

Trump said in a second tweet Sunday that he wanted more aggressive measures in any deal: "I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT".

"I said my piece directly to him", Graham said Friday in a statement.

The comments have caused an worldwide firestorm and temporarily stalled hopes of a bipartisan immigration deal.

"We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle" that addresses the main policies Trump sought, they said.

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