GOP senator: 'Gross misrepresentation' of Trump's vulgar remarks

Top Republicans say they do not remember President Donald Trump making "shithole countries" comment.

In a meeting with lawmakers last week, Trump reportedly questioned why the USA kept accepting immigrants from "shithole countries" such as Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, instead of accepting more immigrants from places like Norway.

The senator from Arizona said Mr Trump's remarks came in reaction to an element of the deal that would reallocate the visas given out in a lottery to immigrants who are now in a protected status, like Haitians and the dreamers.

Perdue and Cotton released a joint statement on Friday afternoon saying they had no recollection of Trump having made the comments.

"Credibility is something that's built by being consistently honest over time", Durbin's director of communications Ben Marter tweeted Sunday morning.

Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been critical of Mr Trump, said Democrats were serious about a bipartisan deal on immigration. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was at the meeting. "So that's all I can tell you is I heard that account before the account even went public".

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"When Sen. Durbin, Senator Graham came to the Oval Office and proposed not to fix that system but to expand it, to create more quotas, more set-asides for other countries, yes, the senator; the president reacted with pretty tough language, as he said, because we want to move to a system that treats people for who they are".

'That, folks, is a credibility problem, ' Marter added. Tim Scott, also a South Carolina Republican, that the reports were 'basically accurate'. "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals".

Both Durbin and Graham were in the meeting. "Whether you agree with him on the issues or not, he is one of the most honorable members of the Senate", Schumer wrote.

In a tweet on Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer praised the IL senator.

As the back-and-forth continued Sunday, Trump tweeted that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, at the center of negotiations after his administration ended the policy temporarily protecting "Dreamers" in September, - casting further doubts on already tenuous and strained negotiations.

"I still think that he should apologise", she said on CNN's State of the Union. "We are ready, willing and able to make a deal".

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