Young, Lewis challenge Trump on vulgarities; Perdue denies Trump ever uttered words

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A senator who attended the closed-door meeting during which the president reportedly insulted Haiti and various African nations with an expletive now says Trump never said the word.

Trump's "shithole" remark was first reported by the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey on Thursday afternoon. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have told others that the reports were more or less accurate.

"I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals", his statement concluded.

During a meeting with senators on immigration, Mr. Trump questioned why the United States would accept more people from "sh*thole countries", according to Durbin, a Democrat from IL. "I would be very, very encouraged that hopefully all of my colleagues are going to look at this in a very positive way", he said. But two immigration hard-liners, Republican Sens.

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"I'm encouraged. I mean, first of all, we have a bipartisan recommendation, a bipartisan legislation, that's been worked on, worked out after they sat down last week with the president". Tom Cotton and David Perdue, said they "do not recall the President saying these comments specifically".

Cotton said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he "didn't hear" the vulgar word used.

And Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said Friday that Sen.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" he asked, according to Durbin and others at the meeting.

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The WSJ released the transcript of the interview along with the disputed audio, in a bid to clarify the matter. The White House released a portion of the audio from the interview that it said showed Trump said "I'd".

Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", Durbin told reporters.

"Why do we want all these people from "shithole countries" coming here?"

Prospects for a bipartisan agreement to protect young immigrants from deportation and prevent a government shutdown later this week faded Sunday as key lawmakers traded sharp accusations and President Trump said hopes for a deal were "probably dead". The Dems will threaten 'shutdown, ' but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most. Dick Durbin's most recent comments and additional reporting. "This all started with a total misrepresentation of the meeting that happened last Thursday", Perdue said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week".

Meanwhile, other Republican attendees of the meeting, like Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), have simply remained silent on the matter or tried to dodge the question, rather than outright denying it.

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The move by Cotton and Perdue appears to be an attempt to muddy the waters and give Trump some level of cover.

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