President Donald Trump blamed Democratic Senate Minority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois for botching a possible deal on the so-called DREAMers -- hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who were brought to the U.S. as minors and who benefit from the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Trump tweeted on Monday, “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.”

The president was referring to remarks that he supposedly made about “sh-thole” countries that were widely reported as true. Durbin has asserted that Trump’s remarks were evidence of racism, as have multiple progressives and Democrats. Trump admitted that talk about DACA and border security at the White House on Thursday was ‘tough,” he said that the remarks attributed to him was “not the language used.”

Just days before the nation observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Durbin repeatedly accused Trump of making racist remarks. “He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.” 

On Sunday, Trump told reporters that he is convinced that the Democrats do not want a solution to the DACA problem. “Honestly, I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal,” Trump said, adding, “I think they talk about DACA, but they don’t want to help the DACA people.” Trump had House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) at the Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida to discuss the negotiations over DACA and the prospect of Democrat-led shutdown of the federal government over the issue.“I don’t know if there is going to be a shutdown,” Trump said. “There shouldn’t be, because if there is our military gets hurt very badly. We cannot let our military be hurt.”

Over the weekend, Trump once again dismissed claims that he is a racist. In response, Sen. Durbin said that "The president and the Republican Party have a chance to prove that now" by approving the “bipartisan” plan concerning DACA. 

Both Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) denied Durbin's recollection of Trump's supposed remarks.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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