Graham: 'It's pretty embarrassing' when children can't listen to the news

Graham: 'It's pretty embarrassing' when children can't listen to the news
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Spokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome MORE (R-S.C.) on Monday said it's "pretty embarrassing," when parents can't let children listen to the news, an apparent reference to reports that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE referred to certain nations as "shithole countries" in the Oval Office.

"The discourse right now is pretty low. We are producing some pretty good policy, but those of us in my business need to up their game," Graham told ABC News.

"It's pretty embarrassing when you have to take your children out of the room to report the news," he continued. 


His remarks come after Trump faced immense backlash for reportedly describing several nations as "shithole countries" while discussing immigration reform.

Graham, who attended the meeting, has neither confirmed nor denied the reports to the press, but has said he “said my piece directly” to Trump.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told a news outlet that Graham confirmed the "shithole" remarks to him.

The White House did not initially deny the remarks, which were confirmed by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), but Trump later took to Twitter on Friday to say he "never" made such comments.

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems," Trump tweeted on Friday.

Critics of the president say his alleged remarks serve as proof that Trump harbors racist views, a claim Trump has pushed back against.

“No. I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” Trump told reporters on Sunday.

Trump on Monday also took aim at Durbin, accusing him of misrepresenting his remarks.

"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," he tweeted, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program his administration ended last year.