After months of frenzied negotiations, talks on Capitol Hill on immigration policy were suddenly muted Tuesday, as lawmakers returned to face the continued controversy of over President Donald Trump's vulgar remarks and the looming threat of a government shutdown.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., angrily criticized Nielsen's comments, telling her during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: "Your silence and your amnesia is complicity".
"Are you aware of the fact that Dick Durbin called me and said, 'I had the best conversation ever with the president, we should follow up on it?'"
"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting", Mr Trump tweeted Monday, using a nickname to needle the IL senator. "Others in the room were also using tough language".
The person believes the discrepancy may be why some Republican senators are denying having heard the president say "s***hole".
US President Donald Trump had a normal score on a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, although he could benefit from a lower-fat diet and more exercise, the White House physician said on Tuesday (local time). And the way he does business is tying up efforts to find a solution to DACA by a deadline that he set - and unleashing yet another debate over the way our lawmakers literally perceive reality.
Trump's hairpin turn to reject a bipartisan DACA deal that he'd promised to sign not only spurred a deep political divide on the issue, it also boosted the chance of a government shutdown.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, another Republican in the meeting, said his "memory hasn't evolved" on the meeting.
Another issue with the Durbin-Graham proposal is it does not adequately address so-called chain migration, or putting an emphasis on reuniting families in the immigration process, Short said. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, said the confidant, who wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.
"I think it's important to understand what the MOCA does and doesn't tell you", Columbia University psychiatrist Dr. Paul Appelbaum told Newsweek.
Trump said he thinks a deal on immigration is still possible. Republicans overwhelmingly say there is no chance for a deal to get done by this week. Perhaps they simply agree with Trump's race-based immigration approach.
The contentious comments came as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that had money for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.
"This has turned into an "s-show" and we need to get back to being a great country where Democrats and Republicans work together to do something that we should have done years ago". It's crass, it's undiplomatic, it's divisive, and when you consider that he went on to wish for more immigration from Asian and European countries, it's also probably racist.
"The entire point the president made, and others of us made, is that we shouldn't have any kind of country-of-origin quota", Cotton said, adding that he and Trump supported a merit-based immigration system.