Sens. Cotton and Perdue: No recollection of Trump making inflammatory immigration comments

The Washington Post first reported Thursday that, in reference to Haiti, El Salvador and unnamed African countries, Trump said: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?". "I can not believe that in the history of the White House and that Oval Office any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".

Amid the backlash, the president on Friday also slammed the supposed "DACA deal", which a group senators were hammering out with the goal of extending protection for young illegal immigrants brought to the country as children.

Trump a year ago ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided protection from deportation along with the ability to work legally in the U.S. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.

"The rhetoric just makes it more hard, and that's unfortunate", said Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, a senior House lawmaker.

Georgia's other Republican senator, Johnny Isakson, was not at the meeting. Initial bargaining has also occurred among a separate group of four leaders - the second-ranking Republican and Democrat from both the House and Senate, a group to which both Cornyn and Durbin belong.

Trump took particular issue with the characterization of his comments on Haiti. "Do we need more Haitians?"'

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Trump said Friday on Twitter that he used "tough" language on immigration but "never said anything derogatory about Haitians". "We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress".

"The man who touts himself as an "outsider" was actually inside the room when these remarks are made, and has no excuse to dodge the public and press on where he stands", Porter said.

Both Cotton and Perdue were in the Oval Office meeting in which Trump allegedly made those remarks, and Durbin said he heard them. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.) - whom Sen.

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him", Graham said in a statement.

"In regards to Senator Durbin's accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest", the senators wrote.

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