“Senator Durbin has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings”
Republican Senator Tom Cotton was a guest on Face The Nation yesterday, where he was asked about the validity of the allegation Democrat Senator Dick Durbin made about President Trump, and how referred to Haiti and various African nations as “shitholes”.
It looks like President Trump now has a second Senator in the room who claims he never heard those words come out of Trump’s mouth. Senator Cotton took it one step further, and like Republican Senator Perdue, who appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos earlier in the day. Cotton reminded the host that Democrat Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois has a track record of leaking mistruths from private White House meetings.
.@SenTomCotton on immigration meeting and reported Trump comments: “I didn’t hear it and I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was.” Says @SenatorDurbin “has a history” of misrepresenting what happens in WH meetings. pic.twitter.com/t3GQILBSmj
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) January 14, 2018
Yesterday, during his interview with George Stephanopoulos, Senator David Perdue clarified what he meant, by saying that Senator Dick Durbin was not exactly someone the press should be trusting when it comes to relaying what was said in a closed door, private White House meeting. He recalled the time when Durbin was actually corrected by President Obama’s press secretary for making up his own account of what happened, in an effort to disparage a Republican leader in a meeting with Obama.
From the ABC This Week interview:
Perdue: In 2013, Senator Durbin also made the same accusation against a Republican leader in a meeting with President Obama. And said that he chewed out the President and it was so disrespectful to President Obama, that we couldn’t even have the meeting. That’s what he said in 2013. Later in the day, the President’s own press secretary came out and said, and I quote, ‘It did not happen.’”
Watch Senator David Perdue (R-GA) also deny that Trump ever used the word “shithole” during their meeting: