In a meeting at the Oval Office Thursday to hammer out a bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, President Donald Trump described African and other Third World nations as “shithole countries” and wondered aloud why the United States couldn’t attract more immigrants from predominantly-white Norway.Sen. Lindsey Graham broke his public silence almost 24 hours after the incident but he initially felt little need to confirm or deny public reports about his reaction to Trump’s White House remarks.
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, told reporters on Friday morning that the South Carolina Republican stood up to the president after he made derogatory comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
“(Graham) spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said,” Durbin told reporters. “For him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it.”
“I appreciate Senator Durbin’s statements and have enjoyed working with him and many others on this important issue,” Graham said in his statement.
Graham went onto say, “The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe. It was best said a long time ago, E Pluribus Unum — Out of Many, One. Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness. In reforming immigration we cannot lose these American Ideals.”
Trump used the term “shithole” to describe third world countries during a discussion on immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations.
The White House did not deny that Trump used the vulgarity and Durbin said: “I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”
Trump’s incendiary comments drew swift condemnation across the globe, with outrage over the president’s dismissal of their nations coming from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America.
After his latest controversial remarks, some of Trump’s defenders quickly offered rationalizations in a rush to defend the indefensible.
But while nothing Trump says or does would prompt some Americans to withdraw their support, CNN’s Don Lemon flatly declared, “The president of the United States is racist.”
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Almost 24 hours after reports that President Donald Trump disparaged immigrants from “shithole countries,” Sen. Lindsey Graham broke his public silence.
The South Carolina Republican, who was on hand Thursday for the president’s remarks, released a statement Friday afternoon explaining that he “said my piece directly to (Trump).
“The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel,” Graham continued. “I’ve always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals.”
U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, saying he can no longer serve Trump.
“As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come,” Feeley said in his resignation letter.
A State Department spokeswoman confirmed Feeley’s departure.
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