Did Trump say African countries were shitholes ? Here s a breakdown of conflicting memories of people in the meeting

During a White House affair Thursday on clearing reform, Admiral Donald Trump reportedly referred to African nations as shithole countries. Here s what those who abounding the affair said afterwards about the controversy. Trump said it:Sen. Lindsey GrahamThe Republican from South Carolina issued a statement: Following comments by the President, I said my allotment anon to him bygone (Thursday). The Admiral and all those accessory the affair apperceive what I said and how I feel. I ve consistently believed that America is an idea, not authentic by its bodies but by its ideals. Fellow South Carolina GOP Sen. Tim Scott said Graham accepted to him the Admiral fabricated the remark, cogent The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., that Graham said the comments actuality appear in the media were basically accurate. Sen. Dick DurbinThe Democrat from Illinois batten to reporters on camera: (The President) said things which were hate-filled, abandoned and racist. … But I cannot accept that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any admiral has anytime announced words that I alone heard our Admiral allege yesterday. Trump didn t say it:President TrumpHours afterwards the adventure bankrupt on Thursday, White House agent Raj Shah did not abjure the shithole remark. On Friday morning, though, the Admiral said he didn t use the word, but that his accent was tough. The accent acclimated by me at the DACA affair was tough, but this was not the accent used, he tweeted, afterward up with specifics about Haitians. Never said annihilation aspersing about Haitians added than Haiti is, obviously, a actual poor and afflicted country. Never said take them out. Fabricated up by Dems. I accept a admirable accord with Haitians. Probably should almanac approaching affairs – unfortunately, no trust! Sens. Tom Cotton and David PerdueCotton, a Republican from Arkansas, and David Perdue, a Republican from Georgia, issued a collective account on Friday: We do not anamnesis the Admiral adage these comments accurately but what he did alarm out was the alterity in our accepted clearing system, which does not assure American workers and our civic interest. But on Sunday, both congressmen, in abstracted interviews, flatly denied Trump acclimated the words he was accused of saying. I didn t apprehend it, and I was sitting no added abroad from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was, Cotton said on CBS s Face the Nation. In an account with George Stephanopolous on ABC s This Week, Perdue was asked if he was abstinent Trump said the words. I m adage that this is a gross misrepresentation, it s not the aboriginal time Sen. Durbin has done it, and it is not advantageous to analytic the botheration that we accept at hand. Did not recallHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenNielsen told Fox News Sunday that she did not anamnesis Trump adage that exact phrase. I don t anamnesis him adage that exact phrase. I anticipate he has been clear, and I would absolutely say assuredly the Admiral will use, abide to use able accent back it comes to this issue. He feels actual amorous about it. It was an animated conversation, Nielsen said back pressed. I don t anamnesis that specific byword actuality used. That s all I can say about that. Has not accepted nor denied the statementRep. Mario Diaz-BalartThe Republican from Florida issued a statement. For months, I accept been complex in abundant high-level bipartisan affairs negotiating DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals), including Thursday s affair at the White House. There are about 800,000 adolescent DACA beneficiaries who will face approaching displacement in March if we do not ability a deal. I will not be absent from all accessible efforts to abide negotiating to stop the deportations. Nothing will alter my focus to stop the displacement of these innocent bodies whose futures are at stake. Have not fabricated any accessible statements about the meetingDespite actuality in the meeting, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, and Rep. Robert Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, accept not fabricated accessible comments.

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