Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., confirmed on Friday that President Trump called Africa nations “shitholes,” and said the president’s comments were “hate-filled, vile and racist.” The account came from Senator Durbin after President Trump tweeted that the comments attributed to him on Thursday were not true.
Friday morning, President Trump denied, through Twitter, the accusations that on Thursday, during a meeting dealing with immigration reform, that the President called Haiti and the continent of Africa as “shitholes.” According to the President’s morning tweet, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”
Durbin struck back at Trump’s account by stating that, “You’ve seen the comments in the press. I’ve not read 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.” Durbin also stated that “I cannot 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.”
Trump also tweeted that, “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.” The President concluded that the comments contributed to him were “Made up by Dems.”
Also in the room for this meeting on immigration reform was six Republican lawmakers: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.); House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Reps. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) Not one of these senators have stepped up publicly to state if the President did make the comments that have been called “racist.”
Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was not among the lawmakers in the White House meeting, but tweeted Friday that he heard about Trump’s comments directly from those in attendance.” The remarks “were not ‘tough,’ they were abhorrent and repulsive,” Flake tweeted.