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Coons: Arguments Over Trump's Remark Makes DACA Difficult

(CNN's "New Day")

By    |   Monday, 15 January 2018 01:41 PM

The argument over whether President Donald Trump used an obscenity about Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries will make it more difficult for lawmakers to come to an agreement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Sen. Chris Coons said Monday.

The Delaware Democrat also told CNN's "New Day" that he thinks the controversy is a "crisis of the president's own creating" and that the arguments that occurred during a closed door meeting at the White House last Thursday when a bipartisan bill was presented to the president marked "intentional sabotage."

"It's disappointing this dissolved into a fight of who said what at that meeting," Coons said. "What matters more is what we do next. It will get even harder now for us to come together and reach any sort of an agreement on DACA."

However, he added, "when the president has a meeting at the White House at his own invitation and brings together bipartisan leaders and said 'you go find a deal, I will sign it, anything that helps solve this DACA program,' and they come back with a deal and he blows up the meeting and the deal, it's hard to understand that this is anything other than intentional sabotage," said Coons.

The DACA deadline, though, is an "artificial one" Trump created, said Coons, but he does believe Congress should put the Obama-era executive order into law.

"I support our making responsible compromises to get there," said Coons. "That's part of what we have to do in the Senate. We have other important things we also need to be moving forward on."

Meanwhile, the federal government's spending could shut down on Friday if no agreement is reached, said Coons, but coming to an agreement that includes DACA is made more difficult "when we have a president who, rather than tamping down our distances and disagreements, fans them and inflames them."

A majority of Democrats, "myself included," will not vote for a funding measure that does not include a DACA deal, said Coons, while he insisted he does not want the government to shut down.

"This is not just about immigration," he said. "It's also about CHIP, community health centers, response to hurricanes. The Republican majority and the Republican president, to put every sharp point on it, have failed to come up with a way we can fund the government and address the vital needs of states and territories, of families and children all over this country. This isn't what folks want us to be doing in Washington to have yet another cliff hanger and possibly a government shutdown."

Meanwhile, the senator said he believes Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois and Sen. Lindsey Graham and their statements confirming Trump used the words "s***hole countries" when referring to Haiti and the other nations, but at the same time, he also believes the nation is dealing with a "tale of two Trumps."

Just two days before the DACA meeting, Trump had a "positive, open, constructive bipartisan meeting in which he says he'll sign any reasonable deal," said Coons. But on Thursday, Trump was meeting with lawmakers behind closed doors, "he is not only close-minded, but says things that are offensive."

He said he also agrees with Graham's statement that the United States is an idea, not a race.

Coons said he is not sure about a push from lawmakers calling for a censure of Trump over the language that was reportedly used.

"I doubt that that motion of censure will pass in either chamber," said Coons. "We have a Republican majority House and Senate that has stood by the president. This is not the first time the president has said something that has taken us badly off track or speaks to the worst of the negative impulses and frankly won't be the last time."

The challenge, instead, is to "remember the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." said Coons, and move the country into the future.

"One of the things I hope we can do is stop letting our president take control of our news media day in and day out with winks, nods, and innuendo that are racist," said Coons. "We need to find a way to move forward."

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