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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he "said my piece" to Donald Trump after the president's comments about Africa and Haiti that have stirred such controversy. But Graham isn't confirming exactly what Trump said.
In a statement Friday, the South Carolina lawmaker says, "Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him." Graham also says diversity is "our strength, not our weakness."
Graham released his statement a day after an Oval Office immigration meeting at which Trump referred to African nations with a vulgar term. Trump's words have prompted an uproar and were relayed by Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois — who was at the session — and three others familiar with the meeting.
Trump disputes the accounts of the language he used, but he has not denied the most controversial word he is said to have uttered.
The State Department says American diplomats will have to work "extra hard" to send the message that the United States cares about other countries after President Donald Trump used the word "shithole" to describe Africa nations.
Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein says it's Trump's right to "make whatever remark he chooses." He says that's the benefit of being president.
But Goldstein says U.S. diplomats have an obligation to represent the U.S. throughout ...