In an interview, Senator Richard J. Durbin says President Trump’s private immigration comments shed new light on his policy motivations.
If the argument seems to amount to a distinction without a difference, neither the White House nor its allies have acknowledged it.
A Senate hearing meant to be about border walls devolved into a back-and-forth on whether the president used an obscenity to describe African and Caribbean countries.
The changes have had far-reaching consequences, both for the immigrants who have sought to make a new home in this country and for America’s image in the world.
With Twitter as his Excalibur, the president takes on his doubters, powered by long spells of cable news and a dozen Diet Cokes. But if Mr. Trump has yet to bend the presidency to his will, he is at least wrestling it to a draw.
Senator Lindsey Graham, once the target of President Trump’s barbs, is suddenly his cheerleader, even as other like-minded Republicans recoil from Mr. Trump.