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Trump ‘shithole’ throwdown second day….’Me?…I didn’t say THAT’


The typical Donald Trump response is out 24 hours after he said something he belivces (and isn’t a surprise) in but doesn’t want to be held account able for…

Oh, and he tried, as usual, to throw things in a different direction…

Durbin and Trump

President Donald Trump on Friday denied using the term “shithole countries” to describe Haiti and African nations during a Thursday Oval Office meeting on immigration.

And, in classic Trumpian form, he attempted to alter the day’s new coverage to focus on a bipartisan immigration overhaul proposal offered by Sens. Richard J. Durbinand Lindsey Graham — a plan he rejected during an Oval Office meeting that also featured immigration hawks from his White House and Congress.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”….


Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) fired back at President Trump for denying that he called Haiti and African countries “shithole countries,” saying Trump’s denials are “not true.”

“In the course of his comments, [Trump] said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Durbin told reporters on Friday. “I cannot believe in this history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”…

[Sen.] Durbin told reporters that Trump’s comments as reported by the Post were accurate.

“You’ve seen the comments in the press,” Durbin said. “I’ve not seen one of them that’s inaccurate. To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true. He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) were also present in the meeting and were surprised by Trump’s remarks, The Post reported.

In a statement Thursday, the White House did not deny Trump’s “shithole” comments.

But Friday morning, Trump denied saying “anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country” and said that while he used “tough” language in the meeting with lawmakers, “this was not the language used.”…



As you can see in the(Chip Somodevilla / Getty ) image above….Sen Durbin was sitting right NEXT to Trump…

Trump chief of staff Kelly negotiating with the Senate leaders on DACA and Immigration…

Former Homeland Security head John Kelly, who is the Trump chief of staff met with Senator’s today to try get a deal on the DACA/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program….

Democrats have signalled that they will not apparove a budget agreement without assuring the status of these people….The Trump Admin is leveraging that with a request for more stringent border enforecment  money…While Democrats were thought to want to go to mat on the immigration issue….It appaers that they will NOT close down the government over it….But they are bargining for a deal to be struck to keep the Trump people from going after the group which are known to the Dept . of Homeland Security and have been protected from deportation by past Democratic and Republican administrations ….The number of people involved are put at 800,000 to 1.2 million…

White House chief of staff John Kelly met privately with a key group of senators on Tuesday over an Obama-era immigration program as Congress looks increasingly likely to punt the fight into January.
Kelly and Department of Homeland Security officials used the meting to lay out their ideas for what should be included in any border security package, including discussing fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Senators have been negotiating behind closed doors for months on what would be packaged together with a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Asked if he had a concrete idea of what the Trump administration will accept, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who took part in the meeting, quipped that Senate negotiators “got too much paper.”
“They had a grandiose plan and I kind of stepped in and said don’t put all this on the backs of Dreamers. Come back with what you need to include in this bill for the White House to support it,” he told The Hill, using the term for young undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who benefit from the DACA program.
Sources told Politico that Kelly said the administration could return with a new list of demands within days….

‘Dreamers’ program has been around before President Obama…Update…Trump to ‘revisit’ program after 6 months?

The NY Times gives a historical readback on the program….

Before there was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, there was Mr. Durbin’s Dream. In 2007, a version of the measure won the support of a majority of senators but fell victim to a bipartisan filibuster that included eight Democrats. Three years later, the bill passed the House but again did not get through the Senate.

And in 2013, language allowing dreamers to stay in this country and work or attend school was included in a broader immigration package that passed the Senate with 68 votes — then failed in the House.

Frustrated after years of failings, President Barack Obama signed DACA as a temporary order in the hope that Congress would eventually pass the Dream Act and broader immigration changes. But with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, the Dream Act stalled once again.

The politics have clearly shifted on the issue — for both parties. With Mr. Trump scheduled to visit her state on Wednesday, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat who is facing a tough re-election bid, posted a lengthy statement on her Facebook page in which she echoed Mr. Obama’s assertion on Tuesday that ending the program was “cruel.”

Some Republicans have softened, as well. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington Republican who chairs the House Republican Conference, said in a statement that while she has long said she did not agree with the way Mr. Obama enacted his program, Congress “must protect” the dreamers who are currently shielded from deportation.

She added, “That principle is fundamental for me.”

But hard-liners in the Republican conference remain unbowed….



President Donald Trump plans to “revisit” his administration’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program if Congress is unable to pass legislation on the issue in a designated six-month window, he announced in a tweet Tuesday night.

“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” Trump wrote.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration would end DACA — a program that gave almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants protections from deportation.
“I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Sessions said at the Justice Department.
 However, the administration said it would continue to renew permits for individuals over the next six months, giving Congress enough time to pass legislation that could extend protections for DACA recipients past the deadline….
Barack Obama slams Trump  as being ‘cruel’  in looking receind a promise he made to the Dreamers….

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday bashed his successor’s decision to rescind an immigration order shielding some children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the move “cruel” and “self-defeating.”

“To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong,” Obama wrote in a post on Facebook hours after the decision was announced by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”…
Is this Donald Trump’s attempt to leverage money for his ‘wall’ from Congress?
And already the rightwing nuts are equating any passage of this program into law as a their curse word ‘amensty’….
Other’s on the right want the parents and other family memebers of the Dreamners expressly singled out for deportation…
Stay tuned….

Sen Durbin is in the Ukraine meeting Government officals and US ‘advisors’…

Betcha didn’t know that the US HAD militayr advisers in-country there, eh?

The Senate’s No. 2 Democrat is in Ukraine to meet with a slew of government officials and U.S. service members who are helping to train the country’s military forces.

“America’s relationship with Ukraine has never been more important,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday is a statement.

He has already met with Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko, several government ministers and a handful of members from the country’s parliament.
Durbin said the country’s leaders are “focused on key reforms to modernize the economic, security, judicial, and energy sectors — all while fighting the illegal seizure of Ukrainian territory by Russian-backed separatists.”

“We have discussed ongoing Russian violations of the Minsk II ceasefire agreement — including ongoing fighting in disputed areas,” according to Durbin, who earlier this year helped launch the Senate Ukraine Caucus in order to strengthen the bond between Washington and Kiev.

“It’s important that the international community holds President Putin’s regime to account and rejects these threatening Russian actions,” he said.

On Tuesday, Durbin plans to visit 300 U.S. paratroopers who are training Ukrainian forces for the battle against separatist forces.

The soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade out of Vicenza, Italy, are slated to train three groups of around 300 Ukrainian National Guardsmen over the next six months at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv in western Ukraine…..


Political Roundup for April 27, 2015…Who’s Afraid of Jeb Bush?…Red Racing Horses…

by: Ryan_in_SEPA

Bush:  The Washington Post asks whether anyone is actually afraid of former Governor Jeb Bush (R).  I think he has the potential to be a formidable candidate, but he does not rouse excitement among anyone.

Iowa-Social Conservatives: Nine potential or declared Republican candidates for President showed up at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kickoff.  It does not sound like anything remarkable happened other than Senator Marco Rubio took a very non-committal stance on same sex marriage.

Senate Whip: Senate Minority Whip Senator Dick Durbin (D) says he has the votes to remain as Whip as Senator Chuck Schumer (D) becomes Minority Leader in 2016.  Some have speculated that Schumer would push Durbin out and replace him with his own lackey.

NY-11: Richmond County District Attorney Dan Donovan (R) is running away with the money race for the special election to occur next week.  Donovan has $462,000 cash on hand while NYC City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D) has $116,000 cash on hand as of April 15.

PA-7: Representative Pat Meehan (R) will face retired professor Mary Ellen Balchunis (D) once again.  Balchunis was crushed by Meehan in 2014 and there is no reason to believe such a crushing will not happen again.

PA-9: A more meaningful challenge might be in the works for Representative Bill Shuster (R).  Former US Senate candidate Tom Smith is mulling a run against Shuster in the Republican primary due to Shuster’s ties to a lobbyist whom he is now dating after divorcing his wife.  Everyone has known Shuster is way too close to lobbyists and transportation interests before, but now we know he is actually in bed with them!