Reports: Sen. Graham confronted President Trump after comments on 'sh**hole countries'
WASHINGTON (WPDE) - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has told multiple media outlets that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., objected to President Donald Trump's phrasing while discussing immigration from African nations and Haiti.
Durbin's comments, according to CNN, were that Graham was making a presentation, Trump interrupted several times and his comments reportedly included curse words. The president is said to have referred to "sh**hole countries."
Durbin said Trump's comments were "hate-filled, vile and racist. He used those words."
Friday morning, Trump denied the comments, saying the language he used was tough, but not what had been reported.
"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!" he tweeted.
According to CBS News, Durbin said Graham "made a direct comment on what the president said."
"For him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it," Durbin said, according to a CBS News tweet.
Graham released a statement Friday afternoon, saying, in part:
Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday. The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel. I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals.
His statement continued, saying "I appreciate Senator Durbin's statements and have enjoyed working with him and many other on this important issue."