DHS Chief Faces Senate Questions Over Trump Comments, Immigration Policy

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The US president has come under fire over a reported "sh*thole countries" remark he allegedly made during the DACA meeting in reference to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, prompting harsh condemnation at home and diplomatic opposition in countries he spoke about.

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The person believes the discrepancy may be why some Republican senators are denying having heard the president say "s***hole".

It is the first time he has responded directly to the racism accusations.

The comment in question was Trump's reported use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations and Haiti during a meeting with top senators about immigration last week.

"It's pretty embarrassing when you have to take your children out of the room just to report the news", he said. "I know what happened, I stand behind every word that I said, in terms of that meeting", Durbin said.

"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting", Mr Trump tweeted Monday, using a nickname to needle the IL senator. It is not true. Never said "take them out".

A confidant of Trump told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks. He talked about the hot-button topic of DACA and said that "Democrats were not helping" and that they did not want to make a deal.

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Sen. Dick Durbin is hitting back at his Republican colleagues who accused him of cooking up facts about an infamous White House meeting.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, also present during last week's meeting, offered an explanation for the President's comments.

The editorial board wrote, "Anyone who has followed Mr. Trump over the years knows this".

And according to the State Department, several countries have summoned U.S. diplomats to the respective nations they reside in to answer for Trump's comment, with more expected this week.

The UN human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, told a Geneva news briefing: "There is no other word one can use but racist".

Young said the country at large doesn't "really grasp the complexity of the times that we're in".

The controversy surrounding the president's alleged comments seem to have complicated an already complex effort by those in Congress taxed with securing a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which expires in early March, leaving thousands at risk of deportation.

Over the weekend, Paul defended Trump following widespread condemnation over his "sh*thole" remarks.

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