The Democratic Illinois Senator Dick Durbin confronted Trump’s denying the “shithole countries” incident where he referred to Haiti and African countries with the same term. Durbin said that Trump’s denials are “not true.”
“In the course of his comments, I cannot believe in this 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 to the reporters on Friday.
Durbin was part of the bipartisan meeting in the Oval Office when the unprofessional act happened. According to The Washington Post Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.”
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump supposedly said to which he added that the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.
Durbin confirmed Trump words to the reporters, making Trump’s denial lose even more credibility.
“You’ve seen the comments in the press, I’ve not seen one of them that’s inaccurate. 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,” Durbin said.
The Washington Post also reported that Senators Graham and Cotton as well as Representative Goodlatte were present at the meeting and surprised of the comments made by Trump.
The Hill reports that Durbin told reporters that Graham “spoke up” when Trump made the remark. He then praised Graham for his “political courage.”
“My colleague [Graham] spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said,” Durbin told the reporters, adding that, “For him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it.”
Trump denied that he said as he said “anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country” adding that although he used tough language during the meeting, what the Post reported was not the language used.
Trump denial was before the lawmakers that were part of the meeting publicly confirmed The Washington Post story.