Both Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Durbin spoke up in response to the president’s remarks, Durbin said.
Graham weighed in Friday afternoon, and he didn’t deny that the president said the expletives.
“Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday,” Graham wrote in a statement. “I appreciate Senator Durbin’s statements and have enjoyed working with him and many others on this important issue.”
Here is Durbin’s account of what Trump said:
To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning denying that he used those words. It is not true. He said these hate-filled things. And he said them repeatedly. When the question was raised about Haitians, for example, we have a group that have temporary protected status in the United States because they were the victims of crises and disasters and political upheaval. The largest group’s El Salvadoran, the second is Honduran, the third is Haitian. And when I mentioned that fact to him, he said ‘Haitians, do we need more Haitians?’ And then he went on when we started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure. That’s when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from ‘shitholes.’ The exact word used by the president, not just once, but repeatedly.
In his tweet Friday morning, Trump said he used “tough” language at the meeting.
“But this was not the language I used,” he added, apparently referencing the report of him saying “s—hole.”
Trump also denied saying “anything derogatory” about Haitians.
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