Lindsey Graham Says He 'Said His Peace' to the President on Immigration

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

When asked what Trump had said in the meeting, Durbin said, "I can not believe that in the history of the White House and of that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".

The two men said they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically" but also didn't deny he said them. All were immigration hardliners: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, North Carolina Sen.

Georgia Sen. David Perdue and Arkansas Sen.

Donald Trump honoured the memory of Martin Luther King at a White House event.

But Durbin, the Senate' s No. 2 Democrat, said the comments about Haiti were made directly at him. And I made my own comments in response to it but for him to confront the president as he did literally sitting next to him took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it'.

This was in apparent reference to the current USA leader's eight-year racist rants and claims against Obama, the first black person to hold the presidency, that he was not born in the USA, and therefore not fit to be that country's leader.

What's most disturbing to me in addition to the racist comments is that the president is following through on those words with actual policy.

Mr Durbin disputed the president's account. In Thursday's meeting, lawmakers were reportedly proposing restoring the Temporary Protected Status permits for certain countries, while offering $1.5bn for a wall that Trump wants built on the USA border with Mexico. He was taken aback by remarks attributed to President Trump, referring to some immigrant nations as "sh**hole" countries.

Deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte of the African National Congress pointed out the USA itself has millions of people out of work or without health care.

Sean Penn slammed President Trump's "disgraceful" comments about immigrants from Haiti and Africa in an op-ed for Time published on the eighth anniversary of the devastating 2010 Haiti natural disaster. "He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly". I want safety and security for our people.

"Each Charge or Ambassador should note what a great honor it is to be in their post and how much they value the relationship with the people of the nation they are representing (use nation's name)", the guidance reads. These are folks who bring a different aspect to temporary protected status than Central American countries. "He used these vile, vulgar comments, calling the nations (certain immigrants) come from 's***holes'". A little later, when the group was discussing the visa lottery program, and African immigrants were mentioned, the president asked, why Africa?

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

Norway's foreign minister refused to comment on the controversy.

Dick Durbin forcefully rejected President Donald Trump's denial that he used the word "s-thole" to describe African nations and also disparaged Haitians.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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