He said "the minister sought clarification on the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks, stressing that if they were true, they were deeply hurtful, offensive and unacceptable, especially given the cordial relations that exist between Nigerian and the U.S". "He cares about the economy". Attention was concentrated among the president's opponents, with more than 70 percent of Clinton voters, but just over half of Trump voters and less than 40 percent of nonvoters and third-party voters saying they were familiar with the remark.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, under intense questioning from Democratic senators, said on Tuesday she did not hear President Donald Trump use a vulgarity to describe African countries during an impassioned White House meeting last week.
The President denied making those comments and told reporters on Sunday that he's not racist.
The President has denied he had used the word "shithole" but admitted being "tough" during the meeting.
Get DACA done, he said.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, one of the six senators in the meeting with Trump on Thursday, supported Durbin's account.
Nielsen says the department is going after the threat of white supremacy.
Rand Paul was one of 11 candidates who were up against Trump during the 2016 Republican presidential primary. "I want him back".
A near-universal 94 percent of Clinton voters disagreed with the statement, majority citing strong disagreement, and 92 percent said they considered it racist.
USA signals deeper commitment in Syria
Previously, the USA strategy in Syria had operated within the narrow lines of battling the Islamic State. Tillerson also urged Russian Federation to play a "meaningful" role in handling the Syria issue.
These are familiar themes, of course: the vulgarity, the racially-charged comments, the notion that Trump changes his mind based on the last person he's spoken to are tropes you could apply to half the big news from the previous year.
Two Republican senators present at the meeting affirmed that Trump did not use the expletive widely reported by the media. "They don't want security at the border, they don't want to stop drugs, they want to take money away from our military which we can not do". Tom Cotton and David Purdue, who were both at the White House meeting, said the President did not say "sh-hole".
Asked about Trump's comments, Durbin said, "Politics ain't beanbag".
Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, called the President's comments last week in the Oval Office meeting with bipartisan Senators "certainly racist".
The White House and Democrats in Congress are negotiating an immigration deal as lawmakers face a Friday deadline to pass a federal spending bill and avoid a government shutdown.
Responding to Democrats' assertions that Trump's comments were "racist", Sanders calls the claim "outrageous", citing their previous embrace of Trump.
"I will just say for the record, Senator Graham spoke up in a way that I respect very much, countering what the President had said about countries in Africa", Durbin said.