Trump's vulgar comments slow immigration deal

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was grilled by lawmakers as the fallout continues from President Trump's comments in reaction to a bipartisan immigration plan.
2:29 | 01/17/18

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Now to capitol hill where there's a showdown over president trump's offensive comments about immigrants and a possible government shutdown. The deadline is reach a deal is Friday and Mary Bruce is on capitol hill and, Mary, what are the chances this isn't going to be resolved by then. Reporter: With three days left until the government runs out of funding up here, the president's vulgar comments about immigrants from African countries have upended negotiations and raised the risk of a government shutdown. This has turned into an "S" show and we need to get back to being a great country. Reporter: Lawmakers this morning are scrambling to strike a deal to protect d.r.e.a.m.ers and get the president on board. So, Mr. President, close this deal. Reporter: But his profane comment in that immigration meeting last week is still sending aftershocks through capitol hill. The conversation was very impassioned. I don't dispute that the president was using tough language. Reporter: Quizzed on capitol hill Tuesday, homeland security secretary kirstjen Nielsen who was in the room when sources say the president used a vulgar slur to describe African countries and asked why the U.S. Can't take in more immigrants from places like Norway. What was that strong language? Let's see. Strong language, there was -- apologies. I don't remember specific word. Reporter: Senator Cory booker seething with frustration. Your silence and your amnesia is it complicity. Reporter: The focus of that showdown a bipartisan plan to protect the nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. As children. Senators graham and Durbin say the president seemed to be on board with their plan but then he changed his tune. What we need to do better is a reliable partner at the white house. Reporter: Now, Democrats see this Friday's deadline to pass a spending bill as their best chance to get something done to protect d.r.e.a.m.ers while Republicans are pushing to are a short-term extension to give them another month to negotiate but it's not clear if they can get enough Democrats on board with that plan. Bottom line, George, this morning, a shutdown is still a real possibility. It is possible. You got the Democrats balkmaniing and a threat from house conservatives. Reporter: Some house conservatives we talked to said they're not ready to commit to this short-term plan but Republican leaders are still confident they can cobble together enough votes in the house to get this done. The real question then becomes what happens in the senate where they're going to need democratic support. That is still a big X factor. Okay, Mary, thanks.

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