GOP Senator Says Trump Didn't Use Vulgarity for Haiti and African Nations

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

A senator who attended the closed-door meeting during which the president reportedly insulted Haiti and various African nations with an expletive now says Trump never said the word.

"In regards to Senator Durbin's accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest".

"I can understand you either saying they were said or they were not said", Wallace said. "That's all I can say about that". "Later that day, the president's own press secretary came out and said, and I quote, 'It did not happen'".

"I understand the question,"Nielsen replied".

The sole Democratic participant in the Oval Office meeting, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin (Ill.), told reporters Friday that Trump had used the vulgar word "not just once but repeatedly" during the meeting.

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.

Mr. Trump has denied using the controversial phrase during Thursday's White House meeting.

Nielsen said that Trump is simply advocating a merit-based immigration system, similar to those in Canada and Australia.

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Perdue had previously issued a joint statement with Sen.

On Sunday morning, Mr. Durbin returned to the issue when he responded to a tweet Mr. Trump had posted accusing Democrats of wanting only "to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military" in their discussions on immigration policy.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., warned Friday that Trump's comments about wanting "to see more immigrants from countries like Norway must be called out for what it is: an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogeneous, white society".

In a separate televised appearance, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton also defended the president. Cotton said Sunday on CBS "Face the Nation" that he "didnt hear" the vulgar word used. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen.

In a tweet on Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer praised the IL senator. Dick Durbin of spreading false information about what Trump said at the meeting and added that Trump has been misrepresented.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" he asked, according to Durbin and others at the meeting.

Negotiators spent last week seeking a solution that would shield young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, including the roughly 800,000 who secured work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created under President Barack Obama.

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