While President Trump claims he never uttered a single “derogatory” statement about Haiti, El Salvador, and a few African nations, other lawmakers who were present during the Oval Office meeting on immigration confirmed that Trump did, in fact, make the disturbing remarks.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went on the record to confirm that he heard President Trump refer to the non-predominately white countries as “shithole countries.” The president reportedly went on to ask the meeting’s attendees why America keeps allowing immigrants from places like Haiti. Trump then stated his preference for immigrants from countries like Norway, a predominately white country.
Many are arguing that Trump’s comments are nothing short of racist. However, some Republicans are still defending Trump’s repulsive remarks. In fact, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who also attended the meeting, asserted over the weekend that he didn’t actually hear President Trump call the nations “shithole countries.”
The Arkansas Republican went on to argue that fellow meeting attendee Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) “misrepresented” the president’s comments to the media. “I certainly didn’t hear what Sen. Durbin has said repeatedly. Sen. Durbin has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings, though, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by that,” Cotton declared.
Cotton claims that he did not hear President Trump make the comment, arguing that he did not hear it and “was sitting no farther away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was.” “I know what Dick Durbin has said about the president’s repeated statements is incorrect,” he asserted.
What do you think of Cotton’s lie and deny defense?
“I don’t believe any senator would walk in and make up something so atrocious as that.” –@Sen_JoeManchin on Sens. Cotton and Perdue saying reports of Trump’s vulgar comments are made up. Says it’s time to move on. pic.twitter.com/4NKzIHrfNU
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) January 14, 2018