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Georgia senator now says Trump 'did not use that word'

15 January, 2018, 00:08 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks to reporters at Year Up Chicago Friday Jan. 12 2018. | Ashlee Rezin  Sun-Times

"It's not productive to solving the problem".

They also appear to conflict with the account of Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who was at the Thursday meeting. Mr.

"I'm saying that this is a gross misrepresentation", he said. "How many times do you want me to say that?"

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. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) are trying to clean up the mess. "The president should not denigrate other countries".

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin said Friday morning.

Almost a year into Trump's presidency, members of Congress are still struggling to relate to the unorthodox Trump and his spontaneous, often crude remarks.




His comments drew a chorus of condemnation inside the United States and internationally, especially in Africa.

"President Trump brought everyone to the table this week and listened to both sides. But regrettably, it seems that not everyone is committed to negotiating in good faith", they said in a statement. "And I know what Dick Durbin has said about the president's repeated statements is incorrect".

Trump said in a second tweet Sunday that he wanted more aggressive measures in any deal: "I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT".

After Perdue said that the report that came out of the meeting was a "gross misrepresentation", host George Stephanopoulos pushed back, asking the Georgia Republican what exactly was misrepresented.

"Credibility is something that's built by being consistently honest over time", Mr. Marter wrote on Twitter. Durbin thought it would just be the senators and Trump in the room.

Whether or not President Donald Trump used the term "s**thole countries" in an immigration meeting is still hotly contested - both by people who were present and people who were not.

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