"I stand behind every word that I said", Durbin said Monday at Gale Community Academy in Rogers Park, where hundreds of volunteers had gathered to paint a mural on Martin Luther King Day. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Knowing this, if you are a Democratic leader who truly cares about the fate of illegal immigrants, and you are in a closed-door meeting with a president who can lead them out of the shadows, and that president makes a crude remark, what do you do? "That I can tell you". Trump in the interview declined to say what specific words he used.
Asked about Kelly, the South Carolina Republican said the chief of staff is "a fine man, but he's part of the staff". "If there was, I just want to call on the White House right now, release whatever you have".
"I'm probably gonna get arrested again for something", he said to laughs.
"I don't know if there was some other recording device that was being used within the Oval Office", Durbin told reporters in IL. A US senator who attended the gathering said the president used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "shithole" when speaking about African countries.
To date, the Trump administration has made significant headway on increasing and broadening immigration enforcement priorities and on cutting temporary protections for noncitizens established by prior administrations-from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for certain nationalities.
Lindsey Graham of SC said Trump had drastically changed his tune on a compromise immigration bill just before the Thursday meeting. Durbin said Graham used the president's own explicit words to criticize Trump.
The controversy over Trump's language continued after Durbin and other senators questioned Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen - who was also at the meeting - as she testified Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.More news: Princess Charlotte Is a Very Polite Two-Year-Old
"The proposal brought by Senator Durbin and Senator Graham would go in the opposite of what we need, which is a skill-based system that treats people for who they are, not where they're from", Cotton said. He also denied he was a racist.
The contentious comments came as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that had money for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall. "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".
Three other people who were in the room have remained silent.
Durbin said Trump should prove he's not racist by helping the undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children eligible for DACA. Lemire reported from NY.
Trump said he thinks a deal on immigration is still possible.
However, Jackson did say that the president asked to do a general cognitive assessment.