( Axios ) Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton released a joint statement in response to backlash over President Trump’s “shithole countries” remarks, claiming that they “do not recall the President saying these comments specifically.”
Read the full statement below:
“President Trump brought everyone to the table this week and listened to both sides. But regrettably, it seems that not everyone is committed to negotiating in good faith. 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. We, along with the President, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades.”
Sen. Tim Scott told the Post and Courier that Sen. Lindsey Graham confirmed Trump’s “shithole countries” comment to him. He added that Graham said reports of the remarks are “basically accurate.”
Inside the room: Sen. Dick Durbin said Graham, who was in the Oval Office meeting on Thursday, “spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said,” which took “extraordinary political courage,” per the Post and Courier.