“The Most Outrageous Comment”; Sen. Durbin Confirms Trump’s “Shithole” Remark

On Tuesday, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin doubled down on his charge that President Trump called African nations “shithole countries” and that the president said “We need more Europeans” during a White House meeting on immigration.

“The most outrageous comment, obviously, was in reference to countries overseas that might send immigrants to the United States, and the president used the vulgar term, which [he] has repeated over and over again,” Mr Durbin told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Last week, the Democrat said that president Trump told lawmakers during the meeting that the US didn’t need any more immigrants from Haiti and that he’d rather have more from Norway and fewer from “shithole countries” in Africa.

Mr Durbin said: “it was a long, far-ranging meeting about immigration in general. Negative things were said about Haitians coming to the United States, the president was talking and I think this is a tell if you will, ‘We need more people from Norway,’ he said. ‘Norway, they don’t even take refugees in Norway,’ he said,”

“’And I just met with the Norwegian prime minister. We need more Europeans. We need …’ I mean, it was pretty clear to me what the president’s message was in that meeting.” he added.

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Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Purdue, who were both at the meeting, first said they didn’t remember the president’s remarks, but then, days later, said Trump never used the word “shithole” during the White House meeting.

“Let me say they’re wrong. I can tell you explicitly they are wrong,” Sen. Durbin said: “And let me also say, is that their defense, that S-House is acceptable, S-Hole he would never say? Come on. To think that the President of the United States would refer to any country on Earth as an S-House country, for goodness’ sakes, what does that say?”

Earlier on Monday, Mr Durbin said he didn’t record the conversation between president Trump and a bipartisan group of lawmakers because visitors are required to check their cell phones before entering the Oval Office. Then Mr Durbin said he doesn’t know if the White House has recordings of the meeting either.

“If there was,” he added: “I want to just call on the White House right now, release whatever you have. If they don’t have it, so be it.”

President Trump attacked Mr Durbin on Monday, calling him “Dicky Durbin” and claiming that he “totally misrepresented” what the president said.

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