Republican Senators David Perdue and Tom Cotton (see below) were in the room during a White House meeting last week  to discuss immigration. They both shot down reports that President Trump used the term “shithole countries”:

“I’m telling you he did not use that word, George. And I’m telling you it’s a gross misrepresentation. How many times do you want me to say that?” Sen. David Perdue told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.

“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,” he said.


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The Washington Post reported on the remarks later Thursday and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin confirmed the president’s use of the language the next day.


Sen. Tom Cotton, another attendee, said he didn’t hear what Durbin claims and questioned the Illinois lawmaker’s motivation.

“I certainly didn’t hear what Sen. Durbin has said repeatedly. Sen. Durbin has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings, though. So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by that,” Cotton said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.”

Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, shot back at Perdue’s comments and said the issue comes down to credibility.

“Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. Ask anyone who’s dealt with both,” he wrote on Twitter.