On Sunday, Durbin repeated his assertion that Trump used the term "shithole countries" about immigrants from African nations in a conversation where Trump questioned the need to admit people from Haiti and El Salvador into the U.S.
Trump at the meeting took a hard line on an immigration deal to protect undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers" and strengthen border security. The president also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the United States, according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly. Trump said, according to the report.
Asked about Trump's comments, Durbin said, "Politics ain't beanbag".
Jackson said that there is no reason Trump wouldn't be able to complete his first term healthwise, in addition to a second term if re-elected.
The president denied making those remarks and most of the Republican lawmakers in the room said they didn't hear the reported words or didn't remember them. Democratic Sen. Durbin said the deal will be introduced as legislation Wednesday. "I am not a racist".
"In the spirit of the people of Haiti we feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people", he said in a statement.Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), one of the stakeholders who publicly disclosed Trump's remarks last week, told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday: "I stand by every word I said about what was said and what happened at that meeting". Lindsey Graham of SC were mistaken in indicating that was the case.
Also at that meeting Carson brought up the high education level of Nigerians who come into this nation, something that Farris said he was unaware of until then.
"To me, this is the example of the problem that we're having", said Farris, former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. I think that there are people that are looking for an apology.
Trump has insisted he is not racist following an worldwide outcry over an offensive comment he is accused of making about some African, central American and Caribbean countries.
The African ambassadors said they are "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the US administration towards Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!", Trump added.
Farris came under fire for his comment that Trump is not a racist for a number of reasons, perhaps the biggest because he is a member of the King family, which has always been involved in the right for civil and human rights. He was in the meeting with the president regarding a bipartisan compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
A sizeable crowd of expatriate Haitians, waving their country's flag, gathered near the foot of a bridge leading to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, to jeer at Trump as the motorcade returned from the golf club where the president capped his weekend before returning later Monday to Washington.