Sen. David Perdue denies Trump said ‘s--thole countries’ - MRCAESAR.COM

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sen. David Perdue denies Trump said ‘s--thole countries’

Perdue denies Trump said "s--thole countries" in a White House meeting, although he previously was unable to remember.  (ABC)
One of the senators in a contested White House meeting denies President Trump called a handful of nations “s--thole countries.”
“I’m telling you he did not use that word,” Sen. David Perdue said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.” “It’s a gross misrepresentation.”
Trump reportedly used the derogatory term about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations during a meeting last Thursday with lawmakers on immigration.
The remark, which Trump denied making Friday, prompted domestic and international backlash.
Perdue, in a joint statement with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) last week, said “I do not recall” Trump making the remark.
He changed course Sunday, however, saying it was a line cooked up by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who was also in the room.
Love agreed when asked if the President's comments were racist. (ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES)
“I’m saying that this is a gross misrepresentation,” Perdue said. “It’s not the first time Senator Durbin has done it.”
Sen. Tim Scott has said Sen. Lindsey Graham, both South Carolina Republicans, told him the reported comments are “basically accurate,” and he countered Trump in the meeting.
Lawmakers from both parties have condemned the remarks.
Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), the first Haitian-American member of Congress, believes the President’s statements were racist.
“I think they were, yes,” Love said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think that they were unfortunate.”
.@sendavidperdue tells @GStephanopoulos reports of President Trump’s use of a slur in the Oval Office are “a gross misrepresentation…people forget that just two days earlier this president, in an open meeting with media in there for almost an hour, debated this with both sides.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 14, 2018
“I know the comments were made,” Love continued. “I don't know which context they were made.”
Love has called on Trump to apologize for the remarks, which he Trump has denied making.
“Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump fumed during the meeting, the Washington Post reported Thursday. “Take them out.”
Love said the White House has contacted her to discuss the comments, but added Sunday she isn’t sure what will be said.
The comments have also left her parents upset, she added, especially because they once told Vice President Mike Pence they were praying for him.
Trump has come under fire for making the comments.(OLIVIER DOULIERY/TNS)
“So this was very, it was heartbreaking for them,” Love said Sunday.
Rep. John Lewis, a Civil Rights leader, also said on “This Week” that he thinks Trump is a racist.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the President shouldn’t be characterized that way, but acknowledged the comments weren’t constructive.
The lawmaker, an optometrist by trade, pointed to a 2015 working trip he took to Haiti, which he says the President financially backed.
“I think it’s unfair to sort of paint him, ‘oh well, he’s a racist,’ when I know for a fact that he cares very deeply about the people of Haiti because he helped finance a trip where they would get vision back for 200 people in Haiti,” Paul said during an appearance on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”  

- ny news 

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