Trump Says Durbin 'Completely Misrepresented' Assembly Remarks

Erika Holt
January 18, 2018

Two Republican senators present during a White House meeting with President Donald Trump said Sunday that they did not hear the president make inflammatory comments about immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.

Trump has been accused of using the word "shithole" to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting Thursday with a bipartisan group of six senators in which the president also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the USA, according to people briefed on the conversation but not authorized to describe it publicly.

Mr. Trump has denied using the controversial phrase during Thursday's White House meeting.

David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, saying that President Trump did not utter the phrase.

Sunday's remarks appeared to mark a shift from the statement issued jointly by Cotton and Perdue on Friday, in which both lawmakers said they "do not recall the President saying these comments specifically", to an outright denial that Trump used the vulgarity in question.

David Perdue went on ABC's "This Week" to call reports that Trump used vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation".

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

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"In 2013, Senator Durbin also made the same accusation against a Republican leader in a meeting with President Obama and said he chewed out the president", said Perdue. Lindsey Graham of SC were mistaken in indicating that was the case. Durbin, D-Ill., of distorting what the president had said at the meeting, which included more than a half-dozen lawmakers. He told reporters: "I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed". Later that day, the president's own press secretary came out and said, and I quote, 'It did not happen.' This is about a gross misrepresentation.

Cotton said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he "didn't hear" the vulgar word. "And he said them repeatedly".

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. "Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. Not where they're from", Cotton said. "If the President of the United States used the word "blank-hole" talking about countries in the Oval Office, or didn't say it, I would know". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was at the meeting.

Other Republicans attempted to discredit the claim by criticizing Sen.

Durbin alleged that a House Republican leader told Obama, 'I can not even stand to look at you'. We're not dependent on commercial or political support and we do not accept any government funding.

"I think that there are people that are looking for an apology".

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