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Sens. Cotton and Perdue: No recollection of Trump making inflammatory immigration comments

13 January 2018

Perdue, a top ally of the president, was at the Oval Office meeting involving discussion about protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of an immigration compromise when Trump reportedly said: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?". Trump wasn't apologetic about his inflammatory remarks and denied he was racist, instead blaming the media for distorting his meaning, the confidant said.

"One day after President Donald Trump allegedly asked why the US would allow more immigrants from Haiti and "****hole* countries" in Africa, Sen.

The comments revived charges that the president is racist and roiled immigration talks that already were on tenuous footing.

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who attended the meeting with Trump, has publicly confirmed that "he said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly".

"In the course of [Trump's] comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist", he told reporters in IL, according to USA Today.

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He said Trump used the profane term "more than once".

"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it", Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told WPLG-TV in Miami. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Democratic Sens. They say, "We do not recall the president saying these comments specifically".

Republican leaders were largely silent, though House Speaker Paul Ryan said the president's language was "very unfortunate, unhelpful".

The allegation against Trump came as pro-immigration senators tried to pitch Trump on a deal to protect younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Past year they introduced legislation that would cut the number of green-card issuances in-half.

"We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle that addresses border security, the diversity visa lottery, chain migration/family reunification, and the Dream Act -the areas outlined by the president", the senators wrote in a joint statement.

It's unclear now how a deal might emerge, and failure could lead to a government shutdown.

Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?"

Sens. Cotton and Perdue: No recollection of Trump making inflammatory immigration comments