Though it should have been no surprise that Donald Trump was accused of calling countries such as Haiti “shithole countries,” it’s an allegation so bombastic you don’t want to believe it. Trump would have you believe it was all lies and the fake media; however, the members that were in the meeting are stepping forward to dispel that claim and confirm Trump said what he said.
Trump tweeted this morning denying the claims. He tweeted:
‘Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!’
In response to this, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed every bit of the story was true to reporters Friday morning. He told them:
‘The president erupted several times with questions, and in the course of his comments, said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist. I use those words advisably. I understand how powerful they are. But I cannot believe that in the history of the White House and in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.’
— Mike Puccinelli (@MPuccinelliCBS2) January 12, 2018
He doubled down on his assertion that Trump did say what Trump’s been reported to have said. Furthermore, he noted he said the words “repeatedly.” He noted that all the reports in the press have been 100 percent accurate.
‘To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning denying that he used those words. It is not true. He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.’
Durbin went on to describe in some detail what was said. Durbin explained the importance of why Haitians have temporary protected status due to the several crises they have suffered ranging from natural disasters to political upheaval. He noted other countries with that same protection. He noted that in response to Durbin’s remarks on Haitians having that protected status, Trump said:
‘Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?’
Additionally, Durbin recalled trying to explain to the president that the use of the term “chain migration” is hurtful to many African Americans due to the fact their ancestors were brought against their will from Africa in chains. Trump’s response?
‘Oh, that’s a good line.’
He then revealed that Sen. Lindsey Graham actually rebuked the president for his comments. Durbin, however, did not reveal what Graham said.
‘Sen. Durbin: “My colleague Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said. I was very proud of him. It took courage for what he did … But for him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it.”‘
NEW: “Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said. I was very proud of him. It took courage for what he did,” Sen. Dick Durbin says, firing back at Pres. Trump’s denial of “sh*thole countries” comment pic.twitter.com/YH4pCVdcjP
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 12, 2018
What in the world did Graham say? Graham’s Twitter has remained silent, and Graham has made no comment, so there’s no telling what he said to the president. Considering that Graham was recently worshipping the president for his efforts on immigration reform, it would be very interesting to hear what Graham had to say.
Graham has never been one to be afraid of criticizing Trump, but to scold the president in front of a group of congressional leaders is beyond juicy, and we hope we will hear from Graham soon.
Durbin is a Democrat, so Trump will obviously try to denounce his claims; however, Graham is a top Republican. We can only hope Sen. John McCain (R-AR) will convince Graham to confirm the allegations are true. Both are best friends, and McCain is no fan of Trump either.
It would go a long way for the Republicans who attended the meeting to speak out on Trump’s alleged remarks. Those that attended the meeting include Sens. David Perdue (R-GA), Tom Cotton (R-AR); House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Reps. Bob Goodlatte, (R-VA), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL).
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