Sunday, January 14, 2018

Update on President Trump's alleged remarks on Haiti, El Salvador and African nations...

Update from The Week:

3 Republicans who were at the immigration meeting deny hearing Trump say 'shithole'
12:05 p.m. ET

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday all denied hearing President Trump call Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations "shithole countries" during a Thursday meeting on immigration policy.

Purdue said on ABC's This Week the quote is a "gross misrepresentation" of Trump's remarks; while Cotton said in a CBS interview he "didn't hear" it; and Nielson said on Fox News Sunday she doesn't "recall him saying that exact phrase."

The comment was originally reported by The Washington Post and confirmed by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said Sen. Lindsey Graham* (R-S.C.) told him the Post's report is "basically accurate." The White House did not deny the report, but Trump did, tweeting that "this was not the language used." Other meeting attendees have yet to speak up.

* Senator Graham referred to Mexico as a "Hell Hole."  See here.

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