Durbin has said repeatedly, ' Cotton said. A more disturbing and much more important question facing the country is whether President Trump is deciding the immigration policies of the United States based on the color of the immigrants' skin. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for his "history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings". Even Trump and the White House appear to be on different sides.
Further, other Republicans have backed the reporting and Durbin's claim that Trump made the "shithole" comments.
In a separate televised appearance, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton also defended the president.
During several interviews on Sunday, Republican senators blasted Sen.
"I'm telling you he did not use that word, George, and I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation", Perdue told moderator George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week".
'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.
The senator was referencing a 2013 incident when Durbin said in a Facebook post that a House Republican told then-President Barack Obama, "I can not even stand to look at you", during a meeting.
So what changed? Did their memory suddenly become clearer or did they suddenly decide that they needed to protect the leader of their party and perhaps salvage the Republican Party's reputation heading into 2018 midterm elections? Dick Durbin, a Democrat from IL, of misrepresenting the president's comments. Cotton told CBS' Face The Nation that he did not hear Trump call Haiti and African nations s--thole countries. "You've seen the comments in the press". "I think they talk about DACA but they don't want to help the DACA people". "Not once but repeatedly". Lindsey Graham, who was at the meeting, told him the reported comments are "basically accurate".
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also said Sunday lawmakers who were in the room told him about the slur before it was reported publicly. "That's all I can say about that".
Lewis said on ABC's "This Week" that it's impossible to reconcile the President's words with those of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is celebrated with a national holiday Monday.
He continued, "And I know what Dick Durbin has said about the president's repeated statements is incorrect". "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals". "Whether you agree with him on the issues or not, he is one of the most honorable members of the Senate".
Besides calling some countries and the nation of Africa "shitholes" Trump added that his preference would be to have more immigrants from the nation of Norway instead of Haiti and Africa.
Some of those in a bipartisan Thursday meeting on immigration reform with Trump later claimed the president used the vulgar term and said he wanted fewer immigrants from those countries to enter the U.S. "Do we need more Haitians?'" Durbin recounted. He said 's-house, ' and not 's-hole.' That's not going to make a difference to anyone.