The Washington Post published a report Monday night detailing exactly what happened in the now-infamous bipartisan immigration meeting where President Donald Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and the continent of Africa as “shithole countries.”
The report paints a picture of an unstable Trump bordering on the incoherent—oscillating between high praise and flagrant contempt for the architects of the (bad) immigration bill being hashed out—and expressing even more racism than was previously reported. “The meeting was short, tense and often dominated by loud cross-talk and swearing, according to Republicans and Democrats familiar with the meeting,” the Post reported.
As the hostilities increased, Trump reportedly began to denigrate the Congressional Black Caucus, dismissing Durbin’s suggestion that lawmakers consult with the group.
The Post reported:
Attendees who were alarmed by the racial undertones of Trump’s remarks were further disturbed when the topic of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) came up, these people said.
At one point, Durbin told the president that members of that caucus — an influential House group — would be more likely to agree to a deal if certain countries were included in the proposed protections, according to people familiar with the meeting.
Trump was curt and dismissive, saying he was not making immigration policy to cater to the CBC and did not particularly care about that bloc’s demands, according to people briefed on the meeting. “You’ve got to be joking,” one adviser said, describing Trump’s reaction.
Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin were reportedly “stunned” that Trump included other lawmakers and cabinet officials in the meeting, and that his tone “seemed so different than it had been days or even hours before.”
Trump has not specifically commented on the report, but he has ramped up his attacks on Democrats, especially Durbin.