Trump fires back, says Durbin 'misrepresented' remarks

Trump addressed the media scrum at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach marking the first time he has responded to repeated questions over whether he is a'racist

Trump addressed the media scrum at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach marking the first time he has responded to repeated questions over whether he is a'racist

Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that it is "unfair" to call President Donald Trump a racist but his recent reported controversial comments about immigrants from Haiti and African countries are unhelpful.

The line of argument began over the weekend, after GOP Sens.

Trump previously denied using the word "s***hole", but admitted his language was "tough" during the Friday meeting with lawmakers at the White House, where DACA was discussed. "I can tell you explicitly they are wrong", the Illinois Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper in an exclusive sit-down interview. "That I can tell you".

In remarks to reporters in Chicago, Durbin stood by his account of the meeting.

The president, according to the reports, also said the United States should accept more immigrants from places like Norway.

Over the weekend, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, who was in the meeting, told him what's been reported is "basically accurate".

The "shithole" description of some African Countries by US President Donald Trump has attracted a huge backlash from citizens from several of these countries, many describing his comments as unsavory and racist.

Durbin has said Trump used the term "shithole" when speaking about Haiti and African countries during the meeting about immigration policy at the White House last week. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen.

Georgia Senator David Perdue and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton had issued a statement on Friday saying they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically". "Their attitude.I think it is terrific", he said.

Mr. Trump's latest comments drew worldwide outrage this weekend, especially leaders from black countries.

The Trump administration late past year announced it would end the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti, a move that could affect tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants. Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. "And I felt that was a statement that had to be answered directly", Durbin said.

The comments led to harsh recriminations from Democrats and Republicans alike, with some critics accusing Trump of racism, even as bipartisan talks continued in the US Congress to seek a bipartisan compromise to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

"I thought the guy I saw on Tuesday was the guy I play golf with", Graham said to reporters on Capitol Hill.

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