The White House has not substantively disputed accounts of the episode, in which Trump is said to have used the term "s***hole" to describe African countries of origin for potential immigrants to the U.S. The revelations, semi-denials and continuing comments have cast a pall over the White House's legislative agenda, brought the country closer to the brink of a government shutdown and sparked worldwide outrage.
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., displayed a poster from the dais proclaiming, in big letters, "Trump: Why allow immigrants from "S***hole Countries"?"
Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump was on board early last week with a tentative "compassionate" deal between Democrats and Republicans to guarantee the status of almost 700,000 "Dreamers" - people who came to the United States illegally as children and are now threatened with expulsion. We can not do this with people in charge at the White House who have an irrational view of how to fix immigration. While national attention is devoted to parsing Mr Trump's language, some 800,000 young adults who were brought to the United States without documentation as children, known as Dreamers, are still facing the uncertainty and danger of deportation. The latest member of the Trump family to jump into the fray was Eric Trump, who on Wednesday appeared on Fox and Friends, a program that he knows his daddy's going to be watching, where he said the following in an attempt to convince the public that his dad isn't actually racist.
Mr Trump claimed the Democrats "made up" his comments about Haiti.
Leahy moved on to Trump's wish for more Norwegian immigrants.
"This has turned into an s-show", said Graham, who co-wrote the bipartisan compromise Trump rejected, at the Nielsen hearing.
Graham said he would continue to press for a deal based on what had been tentatively agreed the Thursday meeting.
Baker Mayfield reveals the place he'd like to play, or vacation
Mayfield's post sent waves through the internet, with many believing he was tipping his hand that he wanted to be a Dolphin. Everybody can relax, I will play anywhere that gives me a chance.
"I think somebody on his staff gave him really bad advice from 10:00 to 12:00 on Thursday", Graham said.
Asked about Kelly, the South Carolina Republican said the chief of staff is "a fine man, but he's part of the staff".
Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Dick Durbin of IL grilled Nielsen over her testimony.
"I get exercise. I mean I walk, I this, I that", the 71-year-old told Reuters at the Oval Office. "I stand by every word that I have said". But he's refusing to clarify what exactly he did hear Trump say. He initially released a joint statement with Perdue that said he could not recall whether the president used the word "shithole".
The president's responsibility is to America and not to other countries.
Nope, Sen. Durbin had no loyalty to the USA when he claimed that Trump said those things - things yet to be confirmed, were said in a private session and not in a public forum or speech.
The key message, the official said: Emphasize that the United States has a "deep respect" for people from Africa and that the US relationship with any county is deeper than any one comment.