Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham: 'I'm not going to vote' for funding bill

Sen. David Perdue walks to the elevator for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 2 2016

So it came as something of a surprise to his fellow lawmakers when Graham became one of the president's best golf buddies, offering effusive praise for Trump's backswing and golf properties.

The South Carolina Republican said there appeared to be "two Trumps": one who spoke with compassion at an initial meeting with lawmakers from both parties as cameras rolled; and the other who at a closed-door meeting rejected a bipartisan proposal later in the week while saying the USA shouldn't accept more immigrants from "shithole countries".

And with the midterm elections approaching, there are fresh fears among Republicans who were already anxious over the political climate going into November - and over Trump's unpredictable actions.

But on Tuesday, Durbin suggested Trump asked for even more during the Thursday meeting in which he used a vulgarity to describe African nations.

From the mountain top of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech to Trump's "Dicky Durbin" White House bathroom tweet.

There is internal debate in the West Wing over whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse".

"Sometimes he says things that are silly or he doesn't really mean them", the US President's ex-wife told hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan.

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) told the Post and Courier that Senator Lindsey Graham, who was also there, that he had told him Trump's reported comments were "basically accurate".

One insider believes the discrepancy may be why some Republican senators are denying having heard the president say "shithole". Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who also attended the meeting, initially said in a statement Friday that they "do not recall the president saying these comments specifically".

Sen. David Perdue walks to the elevator for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, in NY on December 2, 2016. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was in the meeting. Like so many of Trump's close confidantes before him, Graham was stabbed in the back by the man he thought he was guiding.

I think racism is a big part of it, but I don't think it's just plain racism.

With government funding set to expire at the end of the day Friday, Republican leaders are weighing a bid to extend it until February 16, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

Durbin, who has been one of the lead senators in the efforts to protect Dreamers, stood by his account of the meeting. "I will tell General Kelly: I've been doing this for a very long time", he said. They are known prevaricators, so whatever they say on their shows can not be relied upon as credible. "It's fair to say the president reacted strongly to that".

"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", the African Union mission to the United States said in a blistering statement.

Left to its own devices, the State Department came up with its own talking points to be used by USA missions in Africa working to stem the damage, said a US official, who wasn't authorized to disclose internal deliberations and demanded anonymity.

Trump sparked fierce backlash this week after reports emerged that he had complained in a meeting with legislators this week on immigration about why the United States admits people from what he deems "shithole countries".

It's clear they, like Nielsen, do this so they don't get crosswise with the volatile president - but in the process shred their own integrity.

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