And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation.
Ben Marter tweeted Sunday, shortly after Republican Georgia Sen.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., similarly said, "The words used by the president, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough, ' they were abhorrent and repulsive".
"I didn't hear that word either, I certainly didn't hear what Senator Durbin has said repeatedly", Cotton said.
"I'm telling you he did not use that word, George".
Trump last week rejected an immigration deal drafted by a bipartisan group of senators.
Durbin's communications director tweeted a response to Perdue's apparent questioning of the credibility of the IL senator's account of what Trump said.
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who supports Trump's immigration policies, had previously claimed that he did not recall whether or not Trump used this incendiary language.
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Host Chris Wallace told Nielsen it "seems implausible" that she would not recall that type of comment.
Further, other Republicans have backed the reporting and Durbin's claim that Trump made the "shithole" comments. They did not condemn or outright deny the comments.
That, I think, is just wrong. "I can not 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". "We have to stand out; we have to speak up and not try to sweep it under the rug".
Cotton and Durbin attended a bipartisan meeting in the White House last Thursday during which the president reportedly questioned why the US was admitting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries under Temporary Protected Status instead of from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister Trump recently met.
The deal included a pathway to citizenship for "Dreamers" and $1.6 billion for border security, including Trump's promised border wall.
The visas now offered under the lottery system would be reallocated to other immigration programs, such as one offering temporary status to citizens of nations in crisis - such as the ones Trump referenced in his Oval Office remarks.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" he asked, according to Durbin and others at the meeting.
"These people have been trying for 35 years to solve this immigration problem without success, for one reason, and that is I don't believe they're serious about trying to solve that right now", Perdue said.