Democrats participating in discussions on immigration reform with Republicans and the White House are not participating in “good faith,” said two Republican senators on Friday.
They also disputed Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) accusation that President Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept immigrants from “shithole” countries like Haiti, El Salvador, and those in Africa instead of places like Norway.
Both Cotton and Perdue were in the Oval Office meeting in which Trump allegedly made those remarks, and Durbin said he heard them.
“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,” they said in a statement.
I cannot believe that in the history of the White House and that Oval Office any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018