Transcript for This day in history: Jan. 11, 2018
We begin with the president's comments in the Oval Office today using an expletive and setting off a fire storm. A bipartisan group of senators with him during talks about immigration. The president told of a plan to allow immigrants from Haiti in several African countries that asking why are we allowing all these people from blank countries to come here. Using a profanity we won't repeat word of his comments spreading for Washington tonight sparking outrage and ABC's Mary group's meeting is off from the hill. After dizzying negotiations on Capitol Hill today lawmakers thought they had a plan to protect dreamers Deal or No Deal we've. We have and it's agreement lawmakers took that agreements to the president when they returned no deal yet. There's got to be 1000 run out of time I'm the to have an agreement in oh yeah I have no agreement with the rest. Tonight the reason the president isn't on board is shocking even some lawmakers. Sources briefed on the meeting tell ABC news when president trump learned the plan would restore protections for immigrants from Haiti in several African countries. His response why are we having all these people from expletive countries come here. Instead trump suggested DUS should bring in more people from countries like Norway. The outrage swift in a tweet congressman Elijah Cummings calls the president's statements unforgivable. And demeaning to the office of the presidency. And from senator Cory Booker let me be clear Donald Trump does not speak for America. It's a stunning setback to the dreamer talks earlier this week the president sat down with lawmakers and at times even seemed to agree with Democrats. What about it cleaned up the bill now can't with a commitment that we go the end she. I I think that's basically what Dickerson would have to come out with docket limited dock and that we can start immediately on the phase two which would be comprehensive. I would let I would liken it to president. He beat her I think I think what's senator feinstein's asking here. When we talk about this stuff that we don't wanna be back here two years later you'd have to have security as his secretary would tell you I think that's what you say. The president said he would sign whatever lawmakers could agree to but yesterday he made clear he hasn't won firm condition. We need the well we have to have the wolf the security purposes there is a provision in the new agreement to deliver on some kind of a wall in the form of beefed up border security. But tonight that no longer seems to be the president's main objection. So let's get to marry Bruce live on the hill tonight and Mary this evening the White House does not deny president trump made those profane comments. David in his statement the White House says president trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger. By welcoming those who can contribute to our society grow our economy. And assimilate into our great nation what the White House is not saying tonight David. No denial that the president made these comments.
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