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Trump’s Explosive, Expletive Comments

by Kaylee Golden
Posted on Feb 02, 2018

The Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals Act has been a hot topic since President Trump was sworn into office. DACA, which provides citizenship to thousands of individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children, was scrapped by Trump in the fall of 2017. The outcry against the decision has largely been led by Democrats.

On Jan. 10, President Trump and a group of senators from both sides of the aisle met to discuss the future of DACA. The deal presented to the President and Senators was a bipartisan undertaking. The next day, President Trump responded with several tweets regarding the content and conversation of the meeting.

“The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards,” Trump tweeted. “I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level.”

These tweets are a hint that President Trump is looking for an immigration system that only accepts individuals from particular countries and cultures. This position led to an explosive, highly publicized comment apparently about countries that don’t meet the standards for immigration—particularly Haiti and African countries.

Republican senators at the meeting have been defending the language used by Trump during the DACA briefing. Over the weekend, Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Purdue, who were both at the White House meeting, said the President did not say "s***hole." Some Republican senators even claimed that while Trump didn’t say “s***hole,” they did hear him say “s***house.”

Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper in an excluive interview regarding the language used at the DACA meeting.

"Let me say they're wrong. I can tell you explicitly they are wrong,” Durbin said. "And let me also say, is that their defense, that S-House is acceptable, S-Hole he would never say? Come on. To think that the President of the United States would refer to any country on Earth as an S-House country, for goodness' sakes, what does that say?"

President Trump was quick to respond to the controversy via his Twitter account in the days following the DACA meeting.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out,’” Trump tweeted. “Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!”

The he-said, she-said conversation over the comments at the DACA meeting has continued since the news broke. However, progress on the policy in question—DACA, has been slow going with little legislative action.