President Donald Trump lobbed an insulting tweet at Democratic lawmaker Dick Durbin for leaking contents of a Thursday private oval office meeting, in a Monday tweet.
Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2018
Durbin joins the ranks of “sneaky Dianne Feinstein” and “sloppy Steve Bannon” with his new nickname.
Durbin was chief negotiator with the White House on behalf of Democratic lawmakers on attempting to forge a deal that preserved the Obama-era DACA program. DACA extended deportation protections and work permits to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Durbin leaked and extensively discussed a Thursday bipartisan meeting on the subject in which the president allegedly called African countries and Haiti a “shithole” and wondered why immigrants from such places were allowed to come to the U.S. via the diversity visa lottery program.
Democrats have indicated they may even shut down the government without a DACA deal, which Trump has insisted must include funding for a border wall, an end to chain migration, and an end to the diversity visa lottery program. Any government shutdown would imperil payment to U.S. troops at war.