Sen. David Perdue: Trump Did Not Make 'S**thole' Comment

It is only Cotton and Perdue who are now publicly claiming to be unable to "recall" what would seem to be very memorable comments in a meeting they both attended just yesterday.

"In 2013, Sen. Durbin also made the same accusation against a Republican leader in a meeting with President Obama ... said he chewed out the president". "And I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was".

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Trump has denied that he used that specific word in the meeting, which was first reported by The Washington Post, and then confirmed by other outlets.

Cotton fired back at Durbin on Sunday, calling Durbin's account of the meeting "incorrect".

"It was an impassioned conversation", Nielsen said when pressed. That's one of the most un-American immigration systems I can imagine.

Other Republicans attempted to discredit the claim by criticizing Sen.

"I'm telling you he did not use that word, George", Perdue said, accusing Durbin of making a "gross misrepresentation" of what took place in the meeting: "It's not the first time Senator Durbin has done it, and it is not productive to solving the problem we're having". Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

In an interview on "Face the Nation", Sen. "I haven't heard any of those six sources other than Senator Durbin talk about what was said".

"I didn't hear that word either, I certainly didn't hear what Senator Durbin has said repeatedly", Cotton said.

Cotton replied that Durbin had "misrepresented" what happened in a White House meeting under the Obama administration, and went on to argue for the current administration's hardline immigration policy.

Top Democrats expressed outrage over Republicans' characterization of Durbin.

Apparently in response, Schumer tweeted: "To impugn @SenatorDurbin's integrity is disgraceful".

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Trump said in a second tweet Sunday that he wanted more aggressive measures in any deal: "I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT".

Many Democrats and some Republicans have said they won't vote for the money bill unless it includes a solution for the Dreamers.