FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — One day after President Donald Trump allegedly asked why the U.S. would allow more immigrants from Haiti and “****hole* countries” in Africa, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, said he does not recall if the commander in chief specifically made that comment.
The comments were first reported after a meeting between the president and lawmakers to discuss a bipartisan immigration deal.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said he heard Trump repeatedly refer to African countries as “****holes,” at a Thursday meeting.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, (and Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia,) released the following statement on Friday about the reports of foul language:
“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.”
In later tweets, the president described his language as “tough” but denied using the term “****hole.” He called a proposal made at the immigration meeting “a big setback for DACA.”