Trump leaving WH

U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Olivier Douliery

Since all of Washington apparently is debating whether President Trump said the S-word or didn't say the S-word in a congressional meeting last week, this story in today's Washington Post may be the definitive narrative about what really happened that day.

Sure, you may not believe it because (a.) you support President Trump, (b.) you despise and distrust The Post, or (c.) both of those reasons. Nevertheless, since the weather's awful and you may be at home and bored, it's a good way to kill a few minutes.

From The Post:

"The president ... asked if Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), his onetime foe turned ally, was on board, which (Sen. Dick) Durbin affirmed. Trump invited the lawmakers to visit with him at noon, the people familiar with the call said. But when they arrived at the Oval Office, the two senators were surprised to find that Trump was far from ready to finalize the agreement. He was 'fired up' and surrounded by hard-line conservatives such as Sen. Tom Cotton, who seemed confident that the president was now aligned with them, according to one person with knowledge of the meeting.

"Trump told the group he wasn’t interested in the terms of the bipartisan deal that Durbin and Graham had been putting together. And as he shrugged off suggestions from Durbin and others, the president called nations from Africa 'shithole countries,' denigrated Haiti and grew angry. The meeting was short, tense and often dominated by loud cross-talk and swearing, according to Republicans and Democrats familiar with the meeting. 

Trump’s ping-ponging from dealmaking to feuding, from elation to fury, has come to define the contentious immigration talks between the White House and Congress, perplexing members of both parties as they navigate the president’s vulgarities, his combativeness and his willingness to suddenly change his position. The blowup has derailed those negotiations yet again and increased the possibility of a government shutdown over the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants known as 'dreamers.' This account of the events surrounding Thursday’s explosive meeting is based on interviews with more than a dozen White House officials, Capitol Hill aides and lawmakers."

There's more analysis of last week's meeting and the fallout since then in The Post's coverage. Imagine if there were tapes or video, though ... That would be must-see TV.

-- Phillip Tutor