A top Senate Democrat who attended an immigration meeting with President Trump said Friday that the president is lying when he denies calling African nations “sh—hole countries.”
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) said Friday that he heard President Donald Trump make “hate-filled, vile and racist” comments to lawmakers that the president is now denying.
Durbin, the Minority Whip who was at the White House meeting on Thursday to discuss immigration, is the first to go on the record confirming reports that Trump referred to African nations as “shithole countries,” and that the U.S. should “take … out” Haitians currently living in the U.S. Trump reportedly also commented that the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Norway.
“In the course of his comments, [Trump] said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Durbin told reporters on Friday at the Capitol. “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 was one of several lawmakers in the meeting, during which Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries,” according to The Washington Post.
Trump on Friday claimed on Twitter that he didn’t use the language attributed to him about Haitians, but neither he nor the White House has directly denied his comments on African countries.
Durbin, speaking to reporters on Friday, contradicted Trump’s claim.
Sen. Durbin fired back at President Trump for denying that he called Haiti and African countries “shithole countries,” saying Trump’s denials are “not true. “You’ve seen the comments in the press. I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate.” Durbin added: “He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.”
Sen. Durbin said he intends to introduce bipartisan legislation next week to address the status of young illegal immigrants, a measure that would give legal status to the approximately 800,000 people and “as many members of their families as possible.”