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sábado, 13 de enero de 2018

Donald Trump claims he did NOT say “sh–hole countries” in private talks with Democrats

It’s not “Lyin’ Ted” anymore — it’s “Lyin’ Dick.”

President Donald Trump released a statement Friday disputing Sen. Dick Durbin’s claim that the commander-in-chief used an expletive to describe third-world countries like Haiti. The Illinois Democrat alleged Trump remarked during a bipartisan meeting on Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, Thursday that the U.S. doesn’t need people coming from “sh—hole countries.”

Tough, but incorrect characterization

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!” the president tweeted.

Trump followed this up with a statement that he neither denigrated Haitians nor said “take them out.” Any claims to the contrary were “Made up by Dems.” The president tweeted:

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

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!

President’s statement confirmed

Although some people at the meeting sided with Durbin, other attendees didn’t recall Trump using the description. Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia released a joint statement. It said:

In regards to Senator Durbin’s accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest. We, along with the President, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades.

The president concluded that Democrats are simply changing the narrative from the real issue — how to fix DACA while solving other immigration issues.

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

The Democrats are all talk and no action. They are doing nothing to fix DACA. Great opportunity missed. Too bad!

Lyin’ Dick?

Durbin has been known to stretch the truth in the past. He claimed that during a 2013 White House meeting, a senior Republican lawmaker told then-President Barack Obama, “I cannot even stand to look at you.”

Neither the White House nor anyone else supported this claim. Politico reported at the time:

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Sen. Dick Durbin, said in a Facebook post that a House Republican leader told off President Barack Obama during a negotiation meeting, and that GOP leaders are so disrespectful it’s practically impossible to have a conversation with them.

But Wednesday afternoon, both the White House and House speaker’s office denied his claims.

In a 2005 incident, Durbin was forced to apologize for comparing the interrogation methods used by U.S. troops to those of Nazis.

The Washington Post reported:

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) yesterday offered a tearful apology on the Senate floor for comparing the alleged abuse of prisoners by American troops to techniques used by the Nazis, the Soviets and the Khmer Rouge, as he sought to quell a frenzy of Republican-led criticism.

Durbin, the Democratic whip, acknowledged that “more than most people, a senator lives by his words” but that “occasionally words will fail us and occasionally we will fail words.” Choking up, he said: “Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line. To them, I extend my heartfelt apologies.”

Will Trump get a tearful, Senate floor apology on this issue? It’s doubtful, and even if the president used those words, the outrage from the left detracts from what’s needed: border security, ending chain migration, putting an end to lottery visas and fixing DACA.