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From The Hill:
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) fired back at President Trump for denying that he called Haiti and African countries “shithole countries,” saying Trump’s denials are “not true.”
“In the course of his comments, [Trump] said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Durbin told reporters on Friday. “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.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly said.
Trump then suggested the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.
Durbin told reporters that Trump’s comments as reported by the Post were accurate.
“You’ve seen the comments in the press,” Durbin said. “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.”