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DHS Secretary Confirms Under Oath Trump Used 'Tough Language' Regarding 'Sh*thole' Remarks

17 January 2018, 02:07 | Yvette Williams

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Durbin grills DHS Secretary about Trump vulgarity regarding African nations

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who attended the meeting, has publicly confirmed Trump's "shithole" remarks, saying that the president did indeed say "these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly".

Lindsey Graham of SC said Trump had drastically changed his tune on a compromise immigration bill just before the Thursday meeting. The official said the report shows that Congress should work with the admiration to overhaul immigration policy.

"I actually was struck more by the fact that the conversation - although passionate and appropriately so - had gotten to a place where many people in the room were using inappropriate language in the Oval Office in front of the President".

Sens. Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham, a Democrat and Republican respectively who were in the meeting, have confirmed to the press the reports that Trump said the words "sh-hole countries" to describe individuals from African nations and had disparaging remarks toward Haitians being part of an immigration deal - all as part of a conversation about how the United States accepts immigrants.

As The Intercept's Trevor Aaronson reported after the analysis came out, the DOJ/Homeland report "appears to rely on a data set that has been carefully selected to support the Trump administration's anti-Muslim policies".

Seventy-five percent of those convicted of global terrorism-related offenses are foreign born, the Trump administration said Tuesday seeking to buttress President's Donald Trump's sought immigration overhauls.

"I just don't - I don't - that's - I don't - that's not a word that I remember being used". "Did Trump use this word or a substantially similar word?" "What was that strong language?" David Perdue, R-Ga., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., - claimed over the weekend that the media and Durbin misrepresented the president's comments.

"I did not hear that word used", Nielsen said when asked about Trump's supposed vulgar language at a Senate Judiciary Hearing on Tuesday.

Durbin said that during the meeting, Trump made it clear that one of the conditions for his agreement to protect DACA was $20 billion so he could build a wall in one year, telling Nielsen that it was "impossible" and unrealistic.

"We should push for the best deal we can get, but we shouldn't let the ideal be the enemy of the good", said Sen. "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military", Trump added. It does not show whether the convictions were based on attacks created to hit inside the US or in other countries.

"Tuesday we had a president that I was proud to golf with, call my friend, who understood immigration had to be bipartisan", he said.

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"I'm not going to ask you to say those words here", Durbin said, "but I will just say for the record Sen". Durbin said such a request was unrealistic.

"He used tough language and he was impassioned".

Although federal officials have said they will not target Dreamers, Trump has significantly expanded the categories of people who can be prioritized for deportation and immigrant advocates say DACA recipients who lose their status are at risk.

"I did hear tough language from Sen". Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private conversation.

Nielsen's testimony comes as Republicans have concluded that they are unlikely to reach a long-term spending accord by the Friday deadline.

The administration says TPS was never meant to be permanent. Trump wrote, "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

Nielsen said Trump was frustrated that lawmakers were proposing to pay only part of the money for border wall construction and asked whether all of the money could be appropriated up front.

Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who'd fled to the USA after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal, according to the people briefed on the conversation.

Booker said, "Now, I've been in the Oval Office many times and when the commander in chief speaks, I listened".

Booker said the president disparaged immigrants in New Jersey who serve as entrepreneurs and service members.

In a statement, the DHS said the actions directed by Executive Order have raised the baseline for the vetting and screening of foreign nationals, prevented the entry of malicious actors, and enhanced the safety and security of the American people.



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