"It was a meeting of 12 people".
"(H) e said 'My family was from one of those s-hole countries.' He used the word himself", Durbin continued, adding that Graham said, "'They came here with limited training, limited experience. "What I was struck with, frankly, I'm sure you were as well, the general profanity used in the room by nearly everyone".
Upon repeated questioning about the specific wording from Democrats, Nielsen grew frustrated when Sen.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, one of the six senators in the meeting with Trump on Thursday, supported Durbin's account.
The hope has been that somewhere in this muddled mess, some kind of compromise could be reached where Democrats agree to vote for stricter immigration laws in exchange for Republicans offering permanent status and a path to citizenship for Dreamers, the nickname given to undocumented people who immigrated to the U.S.as young children.
White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks to reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. If we, indeed, grant that he is a racist and what he said is what he believes, which I am convinced is the case, what then would we be asking him to apologise for: Publicly sharing his private beliefs or holding those beliefs at all?
Since the controversy erupted, Trump has not explicitly denied referring to African countries and Haiti as "s***holes", but has said, without offering details, that he did not use the language attributed to him.
The internal debate in the West Wing is over whether Trump said "s***hole" or "s***house".
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Wenger, however, signed a new deal at Arsenal past year and said he was as committed as ever to seeing out his contract. The problem ultimately lies with the Arsenal board for allowing this to continue.
Trump's "sh-hole" remark has had implications in Washington and overseas.
Former president Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, expires in March and the Trump administration has said it will not renew it.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday aligned himself solidly with conservative Republicans on immigration, criticizing a proposed bipartisan deal as "horrible" on United States border security and "very, very weak" on reforms for the legal immigration system. He was reunited in the White House's Oval Office with lawmakers to talk about a bipartisan immigration deal, but several witnesses claim he indeed said that. "I think someone on his staff gave him really bad advice between 10 and 12 on Thursday", said Graham. Lindsey Graham of SC, to say the president "was wrong".
"I think the context of that conversation - there was so much covered in that meeting". I am yet to hear of a single African leader or the African Union tell Mr Trump that he would not be welcome to this "shithole". "I can't forget what the president said", Durbin added.
Left to its own devices, the State Department came up with its own talking points to be used by USA missions in Africa working to stem the damage, said a US official, who wasn't authorized to disclose internal deliberations and demanded anonymity. US Ambassador in South Africa, Jessye Lapenn.
Durbin later recounted Graham's comments to the President in an interview with CNN.
Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.