"I don't think Donald is racist at all", the president's first wife told "Good Morning Britain".
"We are ready, willing and able to make a deal but they don't want to", he said in a tweet Monday, quoting his own comments to reporters the night before.
In that meeting, according to Durbin and multiple reports, Trump referred to Haiti and countries in Africa with vulgar language, indicating he didn't want immigrants from those nations in the USA, but would prefer more Europeans.
Word of Trump's comments threatened to upend delicate negotiations over resolving the status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.
That's according to Democratic Sen.
"What the president said in that meeting was so bad and so impactful on so many people, that when he denied saying it, I felt duty-bound to clarify what actually happened", Durbin said.
A confidant of Trump's told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks. But she says she doesn't "dispute the president was using tough language".
The demeaning comments, which Trump has since denied, has received broad condemnation from across the globe.
Steadier snowfall expected Tuesday night for Cumberland County
An elevated cold risk for the Chicago area was expected to remain in effect until Thursday , the weather service said. Light snow is expected throughout the day, with accumulations ranging from half an inch to almost 2 inches.
Trump vulgarity debate has become an 's-show,' senator says
Cotton initially said, in statement shortly after the meeting, that he "did not recall" Trump making any offensive comments. Still, Graham argued national security is in a better position than it was a year ago under former President Barack Obama.
Ivana Trump says the US President is 'definitely not racist'
It makes me sad. "It made me cry". "I can't defend the indefensible. He's said he has "a wonderful relationship with Haitians". Trump has come under fire for making the comments. .
HHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. The path to a deal seems even more complicated in the wake of last week's coarse Oval Office conversation, and Trump has accused Durbin of undermining the trust necessary to reach an agreement. "You have to use your own mind, your own judgment as far as how you feel that he is", said Michelle Toyer, who was marching in Washington.
Trump himself marked the day with a videotaped speech posted on Twitter that alluded to King's celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech.
The Illinois Democrat says he and a handful of other senators who crafted a bipartisan immigration deal are working to win over additional supporters.
Trump said Democrats aren't for securing the border or stopping the flow of drugs, but are for taking money away from the military. To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words.
But there is now some internal debate in the West Wing over whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse". Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, after initially saying they could not recall what Trump had said, adjusted their talking points on a tour of Sunday news programs.