President Donald Trump on Wednesday aligned himself solidly with conservative Republicans on immigration, criticizing a proposed bipartisan deal as "horrible" on US border security and "very, very weak" on reforms for the legal immigration system.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III, one of the Democrats up for re-election in 2018, said he will vote for a continuing resolution even if there's no deal on DACA. "I have not read one of them that is inaccurate", Durbin said during a Friday news conference. Diaz-Balart was in the meeting where Trump reportedly used the words "shithole countries", but declined to discuss anything that was said in the meeting.
The controversy over Trump's language continued after Durbin and other senators questioned Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen - who was also at the meeting - as she testified Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Under persistent questioning, Nielsen said she didn't recall the specific language used by Trump. On the subject of immigration he has been remarkably consistent: At another White House meeting last month, according to The New York Times, the president said that Haitians "all have AIDS" and opined that once Nigerians saw the United States, they would never "go back to their huts".
Since then, the sniping over Trump's remark has overwhelmed the DACA debate.
Trump lashed out last week at the USA judicial system as "broken and unfair" after a judge blocked his decision to scrap the program that has protected the so-called Dreamers from deportation since 2012, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. "And I believe them". 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. But by Sunday, Trump was telling anyone who would listen that he is "not a racist", and that he hadn't actually made the "shithole" remark.
"To think you're going to get a budget deal without dealing with DACA is pretty naive", Graham said. Perhaps they simply agree with Trump's race-based immigration approach. His account of that moment seems like confirmation that the word was said, but without saying the words in black-and-white.
The contentious comments came as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that had money for a first instalment of the president's long-sought border wall.
McConnell's deference to the White House comes after Trump has already said he would defer to Congress, telling lawmakers they would come up with a DACA solution "and I'm going to sign that solution". "The USA is a prominent country of which the world expects the best example in its projection of democratic values, commitment to the fight against bigotry, upholding the civil rights of all of its people and generosity towards the less fortunate countries in the world", said the ministry.