— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 12, 2018
This morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to issue some quasi-denials regarding reports that he described Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries.” In his morning tweetstorm, the president denied using the reported language (though he said the words he used were “tough”), and claimed that he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than” Haiti is poor and troubled.
Speaking to reporters today, one of the lawmakers who attended that immigration meeting in which Trump reportedly made those remarks disputed the president’s characterization.
Saying Trump said things that were “hate-filled, vile and racist,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) pointed out that the president did indeed use “those words.” He added that he hasn’t seen any press account of the meeting and POTUS’s comments that is inaccurate.
Furthermore, Durbin noted that Trump specifically said “shithole” when it came to the issue of chain migration from African nations. “That was the nature of this conversation,” the senator stated — highlighting that Trump made these comments repeatedly.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
UPDATE – 11:50 AM ET: Durbin has released an expanded statement:
New statement from @SenatorDurbin.
"President Trump said things that were hate-filled, vile, and racist. He used those words, and he used them repeatedly." pic.twitter.com/ZqQY8PbMfi
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) January 12, 2018
UPDATE 12:59 PM ET: GOP Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue released a statement claiming they “do not recall” the comments specifically but do know Trump called out the “imbalance in our current immigration system.”
COTTON & PERDUE put out joint stmt: "we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system…" pic.twitter.com/asINkO9t84
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) January 12, 2018
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