No, President Trump isn't crazy, he's just racist
- Author: Jon Douglas Jan 19, 2018,
Jan 19, 2018, 2:03
In a statement Friday, the two said they didn't recall Trump making the derogatory comments, "but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest". "He cares about the economy".
"I think somebody on his staff gave him really bad advice from 10:00 to 12:00 on Thursday", Graham said. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who was at the meeting, has confirmed Trump used the language some have called racist.
"To think you're going to get a budget deal without dealing with DACA is pretty naive", Graham said. The White House said there are no tapes.
Trump has been accused of describing African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting with USA senators last week.
On a day of remembrance for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Trump spent time at his golf course with no public events, bypassing the acts of service that his predecessor staged in honor of the civil rights leader. "I've been negotiating and working with the Democrats on immigration for 17 years", he said.
But focusing on the specific words Trump used missed the broader - and much more important - point here. "I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you", a somewhat combative Trump retorted as he pointed his finger at reporters. Trump's message could not be clearer: Why are we taking in immigrants from places primarily populated by black and brown people when we should be taking in more white immigrants? So far, allocating blame among everyone in the meeting because a Republican senator rebuking the president happened to quote the racist words the president had just said is the White House's most embarrassing spin attempt yet. And in spite of the outrage felt by most in the countries to which he referred, the poor and disadvantaged from these countries will still do whatever they can to be able to migrate to the US.
The U.S. president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday.
Utah congresswoman Mia Love, who is of Haitian heritage, said in a statement: "The president's comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values".
The White House doctor announced today that Trump was administered the Montreal cognitive test and aced it with a score of 30 on 30.
Without explicitly denying using the vulgarity, Trump lashed out at Durbin, who said Trump uttered it several times during the meeting.
Responding to Democrats' assertions that Trump's comments were "racist", Sanders calls the claim "outrageous", citing their previous embrace of Trump.
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., also expressed optimism on ABC's "This Week" about finding a fix for DACA, but only if "the Democrats get serious about negotiating" on securing USA borders and family reunification or "chain migration". The Washington Post was the first to report on the alleged remarks citing anonymous sources who were briefed on the meeting.