Homeland Security chief testifies she 'did not hear' Trump use vulgarity

Lester Mason
January 21, 2018

Protesters during a demonstration against US President Donald Trump during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as Dream Act, near the Trump Tower in NY. Durbin this week said "any attempt to kill immigration reform probably has (White House senior adviser Stephen) Miller's fingerprints on it".

And he says the IL senator is threatening prospects for a deal to protect certain immigrants.

One person briefed on the meeting said when Durbin got to Haiti, Trump began to ask why we want people from Haiti and more Africans in the U.S. and added that the United States should get more people from countries like Norway. Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (Ill.), wanted to strike a deal, but that both sides would have to compromise to get there.

Durbin's comments followed Trump's denial of a Washington Post report.

When Mr Durbin was challenged about his version of what term Mr Trump used, the IL senator said: "I stand by every word I said about what was said".

The regional body over the weekend said it was also "deeply saddened" that the alleged comments emerged around the anniversary of the devastating 2010 Haiti natural disaster "which took the lives of so many". By a roughly 2-to-1 margin, 53 percent to 26 percent, Americans said it was racist to call African countries and Haiti "shithole countries".

President Donald Trump's Homeland Security secretary is 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. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, said the confidant, who wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Nielsen said she did not remember Trump categorizing African countries in a specific way.

Two other Republican senators who attended the meeting came to Trump's defense Sunday.

The US president was criticised by the UN and the African Union (AU) after it was credibly reported that he had referred to Haiti, El Salvador and nations in Africa as "shithole countries" during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday.

Nielsen's claim of ignorance came despite multiple reports of lawmakers saying the president uttered the expletive.

The White House has not denied that Trump used the vulgarity, but Trump and some Republicans have disputed public accounts of the meeting.

"I believe there is a deal to be had", he said.

Mr Trump announced a year ago that he will end the Obama-era DACA program unless legislators come up with a solution by March.

In Washington, King's elder son, Martin Luther King III, criticized Trump, saying, "When a president insists that our nation needs more citizens from white states like Norway, I don't even think we need to spend any time even talking about what it says and what it is". "He has so many people telling him left and right what to say and what not to say and things like that, and sometimes maybe it gets confusing", she said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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