In case you have been under a rock for the last 24 hours, you know that the president held a closed-door meeting with Republicans and Democrats on Thursday to discuss immigration. Per information leaked from that meeting, Trump said something more ignorant and repulsive than his usual comments.
The meeting was scheduled to discuss a bipartisan proposal. According to lawmakers who were in the meeting, the President repeatedly made profane and racist comments about immigrants and the countries from which they come.
The president is reported to have complained asking why we would want more immigrants from “s***hole countries.” The comment was made when lawmakers were discussing extending protection for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. He also suggested we should take more immigrants from places like Norway, a nearly all-white country.
Later, the president took to Twitter to sort of defend himself. He has not denied the language or comments, instead, he has focused on denying that he said to “take them out” referring to Haitians in the US.
The President tweeted today saying:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Despite the president’s semi-denial, lawmakers who participated in the meeting confirmed that he made the comments, and made them repeatedly. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said, “I’ve been seeing the comments in the press, and I’ve not read one that is inaccurate.”
But no worries, the president has a solution to keep situations like this from ever happening again. He thinks the answer is to start recording White House meetings. What could possibly go wrong? This President who is embroiled in scandal, who is under investigation, and whose administration is defined by staff turnover, division, and backbiting, thinks the answer is to start recording his meetings.
Afterall, there is a precedent for such a move, President Nixon recorded his Oval Office conversations.
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