Sen. Tom Cotton says Trump's words, sentiments on immigration were misrepresented

Lester Mason
January 18, 2018

Other Republicans, pained by the turn of events, spoke out against the president as debate over the slur spilled into Sunday television talk shows.

Perdue said, "The gross misrepresentation was that language was used in there that was not used and also that the tone of that meeting was not contributory and not constructive". Lie - let me say again: "lie, lie", Scarborough said Tuesday on "Morning Joe".

"I did not hear derogatory comments about individuals or persons, no", said Cotton, who was in the Oval Office meeting on Thursday where Mr. Trump questioned why the United States would accept more people from "sh*thole countries", according to Illinois Democratic Sen.

Sen. David Perdue (left) told ABC News" George Stephanopoulos (right) that President Trump "did not use that word.' Sen.

Trump sparked domestic and worldwide backlash after reports surfaced that he made vulgar remarks as Durbin and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was at the meeting. Durbin, D-Ill., of distorting what the president had said at the meeting, which included more than a half-dozen lawmakers.

Perdue, however, suggested Durbin mischaracterized what occurred.

Mr Trump's "s***hole countries" remarks were confirmed by Senator Durbin, a Democrat who attended the White House meeting, after it was reported by the Washington Post and other media.


"I didn't hear it, and I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was", Cotton said Sunday. Pretty early in her tenure to lose her credibility but that's the deal you make when you sign on to be a face of this Administration. '"Basically" is an operative word'.

Perdue on Sunday alluded to a 2013 back-and-forth in which Durbin said a Republican member of Congress made a rude remark to then-President Barack Obama, only to have the White House deny the remark happened, and an official attribute it in part to a "miscommunication" between the White House and Senate Democrats.

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin said during a press conference at a Martin Luther King Jr. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. So perhaps we should be surprised by that'.

Cotton said he is in favor of a skills-based immigration system, which he said the president supports. "How many times do you want me to say that?"

Carney said it didn't occur.

'Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. Tom Cotton had issued a statement on Friday saying they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically".

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