Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Republican Senators: Maybe Trump Didn't Say 'Sh*thole' After All

Republican Senators: Maybe Trump Didn't Say 'Sh*thole' After All

Lindsey Graham of SC said Trump had drastically changed his tune on a compromise immigration bill just before the Thursday meeting.

Perdue on Sunday described as a "gross misrepresentation" reports that Trump used the vulgarity.

Afterward Trump insisted in a tweet that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Durbin has said repeatedly, ' Cotton said the same morning on Face the Nation.

There is some internal West Wing debate over whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse".

Cotton, for his part, accused Sen. There appears to be little difference in meaning between the two words. "It was so disrespectful to President Obama, we couldn't even have the meeting", Perdue said.

He said that Trump "did not use that word", and criticized U.S. Sen.

Tellingly, the White House press office didn't push back against the initial account, and Trump spent the next 15 hours assessing reaction and privately discussing whether the exchange would play well with his base.

Beyond the controversial comment, directed at immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and the whole of Africa, the president was "fired up" when the senators arrived at the meeting. Look, this deal has got to find symmetry, and so far, the potential is there. "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military", Trump tweeted Monday. Critics have said the president's reported statements are racist. "I'm the one right now working with the administration to get things done", she said Friday after announcing her Senate candidacy.

That's according to his White House physician, navy doctor Ronny Jackson.


Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been critical of Mr Trump, said Democrats were serious about a bipartisan deal on immigration. At the meeting, Durbin said Trump also questioned whether the United States needed more Haitians. Trump also expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway, which is overwhelmingly white. Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who went public with accusations about Trump using the language at a closed-door meeting Thursday in the Oval Office.

This was a awful moment in the history of our country and in the history of the Oval Office and the White House, ' Durbin said.

Some of Trump's supporters took to Twitter after Jackson's remarks to criticize prior coverage of the president's mental stability.

Trump said "We're going to get involved" with Hawaii officials in the aftermath of the scare and "I love that they took responsibility".

The Washington Times reported that a broadcast standards advocacy group has filed a complaint against NBC over its airing of expletives while reporting on last week's immigration meeting.

Still, administration officials said they meant to abide by an order from Judge William Alsup of U.S. District Court in San Francisco last week to restart the DACA program, with some modifications, while a legal challenge plays out. This is a criticism we need to do away with. If Cotton thought otherwise, I think it's pretty obvious he would have said so unequivocally as soon as the reports came out. "We know both of their roles", Durbin said.

World leaders have denounced Trump's comments as racist.

If the allegation were true, she asked reporters, "Why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV?"

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