Senator John McCain reacted to the offensive words President Trump allegedly used in a meeting about the proposed bipartisan immigration reform.
Trump was widely reported on Thursday to have questioned in a meeting with lawmakers why the United States should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s...hole countries" in Africa rather than from places such as Norway. Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who was in the room when the president complained that people from those nations should not be welcomed as immigrants.
Responding to the backlash on Friday, Trump admitted using strong language in the course of the briefing, but denied using expletives, claiming that was not the "language used" as he also denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians". He went on to criticize the immigration deal, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" Lindsey Graham, of SC, spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said.
Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.
"My colleague [Senator Graham] spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said", Durbin said.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issued a proclamation Friday calling January 12 "Day of Solidarity with Haiti" to celebrate Boston's Haitian community and their contributions to the city on the anniversary of when a devastating natural disaster hit the country.
"Following comments by the President", Graham said in the statement, "I said my piece directly to him yesterday..." Durbin said that one in particular, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) confronted the president after he made the comments.
"We're now well into the 21st century, and the president of what is purported to be the most powerful nation on earth just set a new low in our policy", NAN National Vice President the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III said.
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'My colleague, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" the president added.
Democratic legislators who like to count themselves as part of the Resistance must recognize that their actions will speak louder than anything out of the president's mouth. "And this influencer said what needs to happen, and it's kind of-she made me laugh with it, but it's real".
Rebuke: Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House and after Trump and Mike Pence, the third-most powerful Republican. rebuked the president for the words calling them "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".
"This is not only hurtful, I think, to people of African origin in the United States, but certainly to African citizens", she said.
Not to mention the hurt those on the end of the remarks say it has inflicted on them.
"Why are we having all these people from sh-hole countries come here?"
This was in apparent reference to the current USA leader's eight-year racist rants and claims against Obama, the first black person to hold the presidency, that he was not born in the USA, and therefore not fit to be that country's leader.
"In the course of (Trump's) comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist", the IL senator said Friday.