Durbin: Trump admin 'sandbagged' him on immigration deal

A woman shouts during a rally against racism in opposition to President Donald Trump's recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations in Times Square in New York on Monday Jan. 15 2018

A woman shouts during a rally against racism in opposition to President Donald Trump's recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations in Times Square in New York on Monday Jan. 15 2018

Trump is said to have asked during an Oval Office meeting about immigration on January 11.

"Nah, I'm not a racist".

"I want them to come in from everywhere", Trump told reporters.

The remarks were made on Sunday at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, where the US President had a dinner photo opportunity with Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

"Now, saying 'this is what America thinks of you.' What the president said is a national security risk, is an worldwide insult and it does not represent his home state".

The President has drawn sharp criticism since he was reported to have called African countries "s***holes" while discussing immigration with lawmakers Thursday.

But the alleged slur was uttered during another topic for discussion - the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) given to a number of nationalities now living in the country.

On Sunday, Mr Trump told reporters he was "the least racist person you have ever interviewed", adding: "I'm not a racist".

Who backed up the claims? With the White House pushing back at him, he is challenging Trump to release the tapes from the immigration meeting in question where the president supposedly uttered the word, "s***hole".

In the wake of Durbin's claim that Trump referred to certain African nations as "shithole countries" during the senators' meeting about the deal, Trump blamed Durbin for stalling immigration reform talks.

A few Republican lawmakers have denied Trump used that language, but Durbin is adamant he heard Trump use that word. Lindsey Graham of SC, has implicitly affirmed Durbin's account in a statement.

Sen. Graham shared a statement on Friday which said: "Following comments by the President, I said my piece to him directly yesterday".

Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for [her son] Barron and the President.

"Honestly, I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal, I think they talk about DACA but they don't want to help the DACA people", he said.

What has the reaction been?

According to The Washington Post, which first reported Mr Trump's alleged remarks, the billionaire said he would be open to higher levels of migration from Asian countries and Norway.

The UN human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, told a Geneva news briefing: "There is no other word one can use but racist".

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