GOP Senator Insists Trump Didn't Make 'Sh*thole' Comment

GOP Senator Insists Trump Didn't Make 'Sh*thole' Comment”

As Trump continues to get lambasted over reports that he described Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as "shithole countries", Republicans in the room during the remarks had conflicting interpretations of what the President said.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who, like Perdue, was at the meeting, has publicly confirmed the comments were made, and called the derogatory remark "hate-filled, vile and racist".

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who also attended the meeting with Trump, released a vague statement Friday addressing the "comments" the president made during the meeting.

The debate over President Trump's use of vulgar language when discussing immigration appears to be shifting, leaving some to question what exactly the president said in his Oval Office meeting last week.

When asked by host George Stephanopoulos whether he was "saying the president did not use the word that has been so widely reported", Perdue replied, "I'm telling you he did not use that word, George, and I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation".

'I'm saying that this is a gross misrepresentation, it's not the first time Senator Durbin has done it, and it is not productive to solving the problem that we have at hand, ' Perdue said.

"Georgia Senator David Purdue and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, both Republicans, after initially saying they could not recall whether the president referred to these nations and Africa as 'shitholes" later changed course and forcefully defended the president saying he did not say what has been attributed to him.

"I didn't hear it, and I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was", Cotton said on CBS's "Face the Nation". "Senator Durbin has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by that".

Perdue and Cotton had previously issued a statement saying they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically".

President Donald Trump, on the defensive in the wake of recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations that have revived questions about whether the leader of the world's melting pot is a racist, declared Sunday that he is not one.

"I have no doubts", Schumer said.

Some of Durbin's Democratic colleagues came to his defense Sunday, with Sen. South Carolina Republican Sen.

"I didn't hear that word, either".

"Credibility is something that's built by being consistently honest over time", Durbin's director of communications Ben Marter tweeted Sunday morning. I haven't heard any of those six sources other than Senator Durbin talk about what was said, ' Perdue said.

Nielsen said it was "frustrating" that the deal presented to the administration in the Thursday meeting did not address the administration's concerns about security or present a permanent fix. "It makes me cry", he said. "I don't recall that specific phrase being used".

"I think they were, yes", the Utah Republican said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"We have a lot of sticking points but they're all Democrat sticking points".

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