US President Donald Trump vehemently denied yesterday that he was a racist, after his vulgar disparagement of African countries and Haiti complicated a bipartisan deal on immigration. And when a potential compromise did come forward, Trump chose to dismiss it rather than use it as a foundation on which to build a deal. Asked about Republican lawmakers who say they didn't hear Trump say "shithole", Durbin said he stood by his account.
"If the Democrats really wanted to, they could, but they really sometimes don't want to", says Trump.
"In our minds, the only question is the size of the deal - we had initially ball-parked a $300 billion deal over two years, though ~$200 billion over two years (equal amounts to defense and non-defense) now seems more likely", said Chris Kreuger, a policy strategist at Cowen Washington Research Group. His comments followed four tweets on the same topic on Saturday. Conservatives and liberals alike have raised objections to passing another short-term spending bill, increasing the chances of a shutdown as lawmakers lurch toward the January 19 deadline.
"Don't give my number out", Graham said, "but call me".
With government funding running out Friday he added, 'The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security'. Trump's secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, stated at a Senate hearing Tuesday that she hopes DACA is renewed. The lawmakers' negotiated proposal reportedly would also boost US border security measures and reform legal immigration to the U.S.
But at least one Democrat said he'll vote to support a continuing resolution. Sen.
"I am not interested in drawing a line in sand as negotiations continue because I think that's how negotiations get blown up", McCaskill said.
Last week, a federal judge in California ruled that President Trump acted improperly by planning to end DACA in March. "I've been negotiating and working with the Democrats on immigration for 17 years", he said. "If they want to resolve these issues, they can do it", Markey said.
You can read the whole insider report on the meeting here.
There is internal debate in the West Wing over whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse". Graham also attended the meeting.
Tom Cotton and David Purdue, who were both at the White House meeting, said the President did not say "sh-hole".
Durbin, the only Democrat at the meeting, confirmed the comments. "I know what happened". Durbin said the remarks were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content". "They said those words were used before those words went public", Flake said. Congress said it would be a huge task to restructure a new program to accommodate DREAMers who have been eligible to obtain permanent legal status.
A CBS News poll released Sunday found that 70 percent of Americans are in favor of DACA and even among Trump's supporters, a slim majority also support the program. In follow-up polling, 76 percent said pres. Trump's comments on US immigration from Africa and Haiti were inappropriate.