"We remain committed to working together to realise the promise of a more prosperous 21st century Africa". "It is time to get past the partisan gridlock in DC and solve the problem and I am more than willing to do just that".
Trump on Thursday threw a wrench into an emerging bipartisan compromise on extending legal status for youthful immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.
"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".
Hillary Clinton slammed President Trump on Friday after he reportedly called Haiti a "shithole" during a meeting with lawmakers and expressed his desire for more immigrants from countries like Norway and fewer immigrants from countries like Haiti.
To repeat, Senators Cotton and Perdue said they "do not recall the President saying these comments specifically".
Republican Sen. Tim Scott of SC said he was told by Sen.
The firestorm has led members of both parties to believe that an agreement on an already complex issue will be even tougher.
"I thought Lindsey really hit the nail on the head", Graham said.
"We have despots running these countries". "I think that President Trump is racially uninformed or racially ignorant". According to Time, the president's remarks drew widespread condemnation from world leaders. "American immigration policy can not and should not be guided in any way, shape or form by racism".
A House Democratic aide added that there is now "definitely a wariness in the caucus" when it comes to dealing with Trump.
His comments drew a chorus of condemnation inside the United States and internationally, especially in Africa. The current immigration moment, he said, presents a "once in a generation opportunity" that can't be passed up.
The reference to Norway may have been prompted by Prime Minister Erna Solberg who visited the White House on Wednesday when the president praised Norway for running a trade deficit with the United States and for buying USA military equipment.
The remarks leaked out, transforming a debate about saving from deportation some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children into another drama about Trump himself.
According to multiple media reports, the president grew angry on Thursday during a meeting at which he rejected a bipartisan deal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Two sources close to the administration told NBC News that Trump worked the phones Thursday night, calling friends and allies outside the White House to gauge reaction to fallout from the "shithole" comments.
While not supporting it outright, Murphy and Blumenthal had positive things to say about the Durbin-Graham compromise.