During a meeting with both Democratic and Republican senators on Thursday, President Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as "shithole countries", a Democratic aide told NBC News.
Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who was in attendance, told him that Trump's reported comments were "basically accurate".
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But according to The Associated Press, Carney later clarified that White House officials had provided an inaccurate summary of the meeting to Senate Democrats, including Durbin, who removed his Facebook post after the clarification. That's why Trump was bragging about the "shithole" bit to his buddies Thursday night.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL was also in the Oval Office meeting and has gone public with specific allegations of what President Trump said about African nations and Haiti. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) essentially backed up Durbin in a statement he released. He also found fellow immigration hardliner GOP Sen.
"The gross misrepresentation was that language was used in there that was not used and also that the tone of that meeting was not contributory and not constructive", he said.
'I'm telling you he did not use that word, George, and I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation.' Perdue told anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week. Tom Cotton issued a joint statement Friday.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Sunday defended President Donald Trump against accusations that he used a racist slur to describe African countries, and he suggested that Sen.
Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, did not provide details of the conversation but said the senator was "encouraged" by Trump's reaction.
Cotton did admit that the meeting got heated when Durbin and Graham proposed their plan on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and immigration. "Ask anyone who's dealt with both", he wrote on Twitter. Trump, the next day, said that "this was not the language used", without specifying further what he meant.
Host Chris Wallace told Nielsen it "seems implausible" that she would not recall that type of comment.
"Multiple sources? There were six of us in the room", Perdue responded to Stephanopoulos. "They're shithole countries. We should have more people from Norway".