Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

Republican Senator David Perdue said President Trump did not use vulgar language describing Haiti and African countries.

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 US, according to people briefed on the conversation but not authorized to describe it publicly.

"I'm telling you he did not use that word. and I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation", he said.

Perdue noted a Democrat lawmaker, who is behind the allegation about the president's language, has made a similar claim before and has been proven wrong. Dick Durbin of IL and Republican Sen.

"I know what happened", Durbin said.

In a statement Friday, Sens.

The remarks by Perdue and Cotton were an escalation from a statement they released on Friday, when they said they did "not recall the president saying these comments specifically".

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also said Sunday lawmakers who were in the room told him about the slur before it was reported publicly. Durbin's intentions, saying "it is not the first time" that the IL senator has accused someone of inflammatory language.

Senator Perdue previously tweeted "President Trump brought everyone to the table" at the meeting "and listened to both sides, but regrettably, it seems that not everyone is committed to negotiating in good faith".

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". "This is about a gross misrepresentation". "First, Donald Trump has lied so many times, it's hard to believe him on anything let alone this".

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Durbin was not present at the 2013 meeting in question and did not make clear in his post the context of the comment he reported, how the president responded, or which leader allegedly made the remark.

The White House denied the comments at the time, saying Mr. Trump did not slander any country.

"I can't defend the indefensible", Mia Love, a Haitian-American congresswoman from Utah who campaigned on Mr Trump's behalf in the country's Haitian community, said.

In addition, Sen. Tim Scott said fellow South Carolina Republican Sen.

Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, immediately attacked their assertions.

"I haven't heard any of those six sources other than Senator Durbin talk about what was said".

Democrats are demanding an immigration deal that protects undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors.

Mr Trump came back on the issue in a pair of early morning tweets three days after reportedly referring to African and Haitian immigrants as coming from "s***hole countries", triggering global condemnation.

"These people have been trying for 35 years to solve this immigration problem without success, for one reason, and that is I don't believe they're serious about trying to solve that right now", Perdue said.

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