GOP, Dem senators confirm Trump used racist language at meeting

He’s full of it.

Lawmakers on Friday confirmed President Trump used crass and racist language to describe countries he does not think are worthy of sending immigrants to the U.S.

Senators from both sides of the aisle spoke out as Trump attempted to defend himself after reports that he questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “s–thole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” the President tweeted.

Sen. Durbin rejects Trump denial of ‘s–thole countries’ comments

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), one of six lawmakers in the Oval Office for the meeting, confirmed the reports of Trump’s remarks.

“To no surprise the President started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words,” Durbin added. “It is not true. He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.”

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said he was told by fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham that the comments, first reported by the Washington Post, were “basically accurate.”

Graham later issued a statement indicating he confronted Trump during the meeting, but did not publicly condemn the President.

I teach kids from ‘s–tholes’; they could teach Trump something

“Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday,” he said. “The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.”

Trump reportedly grew animated and exploded at the lawmakers during the White House sitdown as they presented a bipartisan deal to protect immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), who were at the meeting, offered a hollow defense of the President in a joint statement.

“(W)e do not recall the President saying these comments specifically,” they said. “What he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system.”

Trump denies he made ‘s–thole’ comment, defends ‘tough’ stance

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), one of six lawmakers in the Oval Office, confirmed the reports of Trump's remarks.

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), one of six lawmakers in the Oval Office, confirmed the reports of Trump’s remarks.

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Trump refused to answer questions about his comments during a ceremonial signing of a proclamation in honor of Rev. Martin Luther king Jr. at the White House on Friday.

“No matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal,” Trump said during his prepared remarks.

The President was accompanied by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, the only African-American member of Trump’s cabinet.

One reporter shouted, “Are you a racist, Mr. President?”

Trump blasts protections for immigrants from ‘s–thole countries’

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), speaking at an event in his home state, called Trump’s words “very unfortunate, unhelpful.”

Trump spent Thursday night “phoning aides, allies and friends, asking them how they thought the ‘s–thole’ remark was playing out in the press,” according to a CNN report.

A White House official called his initial response a “victory lap.”

The White House did not deny his comments on Thursday, which were first reported by the Washington Post, but issued a statement saying that Trump supports immigration policies that welcome “those who can contribute to our society.”

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On Twitter, Trump criticized the immigration deal that was being discussed when he made his disparaging remarks, saying, “What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made — a big setback for DACA!”

Trump prattled on in his social media repudiation, specifically denying that he singled out Haitians and rejected reports that he told the group of lawmakers the U.S. should “take them out” of the deal.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” he tweeted Friday, floating the prospect of recording future meetings.

Last month, it was reported that Trump previously disparaged Haitians by saying they “all have AIDS.”

Haiti formally seeks explanation for Trump’s ‘s–thole’ remark

Trump, “in the course of his comments, said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Durbin told reporters.

“I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, and the Oval Office, any President has spoken the words that I personally heard our President speak yesterday.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also backed the reports.

“The words used by the President, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not ‘tough,’ they were abhorrent and repulsive,” he tweeted.

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said he was told by fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham that the comments, first reported by the Washington Post, were “basically accurate.”

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The latest immigration discussions were sparked when Trump rescinding the popular Obama-era DACA program, which protects 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, in September.

“The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards,” Trump tweeted on Friday, adding that he was not satisfied with proposals related to his much ballyhooed border wall and other immigration overhauls he has called for.

“USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly,” he added, apparently softening his language from a day earlier.

Democrats have signaled that they are not considering Trump’s suggestions limiting legal immigration in exchange for a deal on DACA.

Don Lemon, Anderson Cooper slam Trump’s ‘s–thole’ comments

Trump accused Democrats of not being “interested in life and safety” and threatening a “‘shutdown,’ but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most.”

Gov. Cuomo slammed Trump in a heated response to the President’s remarks.

“I think the President’s comments were ugly. I think they were disgusting. I think they were repulsive. I think they degraded the office of the President,” he said. “And I also think it bespeaks a mentality that doesn’t really understand what this country is all about in the first place.”

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