Trump Accuses Durbin Of Undermining Trust On Immigration

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Republicans struggled to get their stories straight Tuesday as President Donald Trump's Homeland Security secretary became the latest GOP official to offer an inconclusive version of a meeting in which Trump is said to have used vulgar remarks that have been criticized as racist.

Kirstjen Nielsen testified at a congressional hearing that she "did not hear" Trump use a certain vulgarity to describe African countries. In Africa as in the United States, there is skepticism that the president tells the truth, and his denials are discounted.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker told Nielsen, "Your silence and your amnesia is complicity". The White House also did not explicitly deny the comments.

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzHawaii false alarm sparks panic, confusion Hawaii EMA administrator takes responsibility for false missile alarm FCC commissioner: We will investigate Hawaii missile false alarm MORE (D-Hawaii) on Wednesday faulted Republicans, and Sen.

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Graham outlined his vision of reforming immigration, which would begin with what Trump called "phase one" where those under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be protected in exchange for starting to improve border security.

"I think somebody on his staff gave him really bad advice between 10 o'clock to 12 o'clock on Thursday", Graham said. Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of IL, had confirmed the reported phrase "shithole countries" publicly; Senator Lindsey Graham, of SC, had backed up the press accounts more obliquely but unmistakably.

During an oversight hearing Tuesday, Nielsen testified that she did not hear that specific word come from the President during the meeting. But there is everything racist about the white ethnocentric theory of American identity that Trump champions with remarkable frankness.

"Is the president realistic when he says he wants $ 20 billion, so he can build the wall in one year?" he asked Nielsen. He's the least racist person I have ever met in my entire life. According to Donald Trump an American president said "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" As president, he has signed three orders banning entry of most people from several Muslim-majority countries as well as rescinding DACA.

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Even Sen. Tim Scott, the junior senator from SC, was careful not to get between Graham and the rest of his GOP colleagues on the matter of who said what at the White House. Graham also told the Charleston Post and Courier that he favored a merit-based immigration system-a phrase that Trump uses a great deal-"But when I say merit-based, I don't mean just Europe". "South Africa", according to the DIRCO statement. Dick Durbin, who attended, and others who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe it publicly. Lie - let me say again: "lie, lie", Scarborough said Tuesday on "Morning Joe".

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", he tweeted.

The African Union, a group representing the continent's countries, and African ambassadors to the United Nations Friday sharply denounced Trump's reference to African nations as "shitholes " and called on him to retract his statement and apologize.

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