US News Durbin fires back at Trump denial: 'He said those hateful things, and he said them repeatedly'

18:20  12 january  2018
18:20  12 january  2018 Source:   The Hill

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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.” It is not true. He said these hate -filled things , and he said them repeatedly .”

" He said these hate -filled things and he said them repeatedly ," Durbin said during a press conference at an MLK breakfast Friday. Trump said Friday on Twitter "this was not the language used" after reports of the commens made in the meeting sparked a political backlash inside and outside the

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) fired back at President Trump for denying that he called Haiti and African countries "sh****le 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 "sh****le countries," according to The Washington Post.

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He said these hate -filled things , and he said them repeatedly .” Durbin said that he was in the process of describing the protections granted to immigrants from certain countries which have endured natural disasters or other devastation, including Haiti

Sen. Dick Durbin shot down President Trump ’s denial that he said the U.S. should stop accepting immigrants from Haiti and “s--thole countries” in Africa. “ He said those hateful things , and he said them repeatedly ,” Durbin told reporters

"Why are we having all these people from sh****ole countries come here?" Trump reportedly said.

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Dick Durbin refuted President Trump 's tweeted denials that he used the phrase "sh*thole countries" when discussing legal protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. He said those hateful things , and he said them repeatedly ."

“In the course of his comments, [ he ] said things which were hate -filled, vile, and racist,” Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said . “You’ve seen the comments in the press – I have not read one of them that ’s inaccurate. He said those hate -filled things , and he said them repeatedly .”

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."

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) were also present in the meeting and were surprised by Trump's remarks, the Post reported.

Durbin told reporters that Graham "spoke up" when Trump made the remark and praised him for his "political courage."

"My colleague [Graham] spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said," Durbin said, according to MSNBC. "For him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it."

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Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin , who was in the meeting with President Trump , comments on the President's denial of the "shithole countries" comment, saying " He said those hateful things , and he said them repeatedly ."

He said those hate -filled things , and he said them repeatedly ." He said 'Oh, that 's a good line,'" Durbin said . "And then when I talked to him about the impact this has on family unification, in a 9'Your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world': Trump 's comments ignite fire and fury from officials.

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In a statement Thursday, the White House did not deny Trump's "sh****ole" comments.

But Friday morning, Trump denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country" and said that while he used "tough" language in the meeting with lawmakers, "this was not the language used."

Trump's comments drew backlash from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, media figures and foreign governments, many of whom accused Trump of racist behavior.

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