Update on 1/12/18: On the morning of January 12th, Senator Dick Durbin verified on the record that the president did indeed behave as has been reported in the news reports. “I have seen the comments in the press, I have not read one of them that’s inaccurate. In the course of (Trump’s) comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist. l use those words advisingly, I understand how powerful they are. I cannot believe that in the history of the White House and that Oval Office any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.” (See: Senator Dick Durbin Fires Back At Trump Denial – Videos – CBS News) He singled out Senator Graham for having displayed the courage to directly confront the President’s about his racist words.
As per the 1/12/18 Post and Courier Palmetto Politics report by Schuyler Kropf and Seanna Adcox, Sen. Tim Scott: (Sen. Lindsey) Graham says reports of Trump’s ‘shithole countries’ comment (are)’basically accurate.’
Later, Senator Graham did go on the record but he neither denied nor confirmed the president’s words. ( As per CNBC/ See: Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘I said my piece’ to Trump during immigration )
Republicans who were also present at this meeting, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue released a statement saying that despite Senator Durbin’s accusations, they don’t recall President Trump making these remarks.
On January 11, 2018, the republican President Donald Trump’s racist leanings were on full display as he was in a meeting to discuss the immigration issue with his new found best friend, the republican Senator of South Carolina, Lindsey Graham and the democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois.
Dear Republicans, This is what your standard bearer acts like. When are you going to stand up and act like you give a damn about the peoples of this country? This is not the thinking that should have any part in the formation of our US immigration policy.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On January 11, 2018, Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump attacks protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries”
“President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday (1/11/18) in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting.”
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.”
“The comments left lawmakers taken aback, according to people familiar with their reactions. Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said.”
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement issued after The Washington Post first reported Trump’s remarks. “. . .Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”
”Outlining a potential bipartisan deal, the lawmakers discussed restoring protections for countries that have been removed from the temporary protected status program while adding $1.5 billion for a border wall and making changes to the visa lottery system.”
“The administration announced this week that it was removing the protection for citizens of El Salvador.”
“Trump had seemed amenable to a deal earlier in the day during phone calls, aides said, but shifted his position in the meeting and did not seem interested.”
“Graham and Durbin thought they would be meeting with Trump alone and were surprised to find immigration hard-liners such as Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) at the meeting. The meeting was impromptu and came after phone calls Thursday morning, Capitol Hill aides said.”
“After the meeting, Marc Short, Trump’s legislative aide, said the White House was nowhere near a bipartisan deal on immigration.”