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Mixed Messages: Who Said What in the Oval Office

01-15-2018
Donald Trump
Donald Trump
President Donald Trump is denying accusations of racism and that he used profane language during a meeting on immigration.
 
Speaking from his Florida beach club Sunday, the president denied he made vulgar and offensive comments about Haiti and Africa in the Oval Office.  
 
While the president's allies who were in the room are coming to his defense, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says he believes the president is a racist.
 
"He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly," Sen. Durbin charged. "He said, 'Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country. Why don't we get more people from Norway?' That is exactly what the president said."
 
President Trump denied those allegations before the media, saying, "No, I'm not a racist. I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you."
 
Trump tweeted out Sunday that he wants "people coming into our country who are going to help us become strong and great," using the hashtag #AmericaFirst.
 
 
Several Republican senators who were in the room for that meeting on immigration say Trump is telling the truth.
 
"I'm telling you he did not use that word and I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation," Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said.
 
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., agreed, saying, "I didn't hear it. And I was sitting no farther away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin."
 
Sen. Durbin was the only Democrat in the room at the time.
 
Meanwhile, President Trump says he thinks a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) deal is probably dead because he says Democrats don't really want it.
 

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