“I don’t think anyone is worried about it,” the official said. “I haven’t seen or heard anyone worried about it. In this instance, our statement reflects our thinking here. America First.”
Assistant to the president Mercedes Schlapp said Friday there have been “selective leaks” and “inaccurate reporting” but would not clarify further what exactly the president was denying in his morning tweets.
“The language was not used and it is very clear that this is the Democrats trying to derail this process,” Schlapp said, referring to the talks on DACA and the president’s border wall.
Schlapp did not explicitly say whether the president wants to deny immigrants based on the status of their country of origin.
“It’s very clear that we want immigrants to come to this country regardless of their background — in terms of making sure that we focus in on what their skills are and what they can contribute to the economy,” Schlapp said.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in an interview with reporters in Chicago outside of a Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast on Friday described what he said he witnessed during a bipartisan meeting at the White House on immigration on Thursday.
Durbin said the president questioned, “do we need more Haitians?” during conversation about temporary protected status for people from Haiti and El Salvador among other nations.
“Then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure. That’s when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from s—holes,” Durbin told reporters. “The exact word used by the president. Not just once but repeatedly. That was the nature of this conversation.”