Senator Lindsey Graham, a top-ranking Republican on multiple committees in the US Senate, released a statement on Friday that put all speculation about what actually happened inside the White House yesterday to rest. There had been some question as to whether or not Donald Trump actually stated what was reported in the Washington Post about “shithole countries” during a debate on immigration with a bipartisan panel of Congress members present.
That speculation was fueled in no small part by conflicting reports from Senator Tim Scott, who, though he wasn’t present, said that Graham confirmed the president’s comments to him privately, and a joint statement by Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, who said they remembered Trump saying no such thing.
Additionally, as expected, Trump himself lied about the interaction on Twitter:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
It’s not clear why Lindsey Graham is supposed to be the end-all, be-all authority on what actually happened, since we already had Senator Dick Durbin’s statement — and thinking people should be FAR more inclined to believe a Democrat than a Republican these days.
Regardless, Graham’s statement at the very least shows that the South Carolina Senator knows that he had to go on the record.
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 appreciate Senator Durbin’s statements.”
That leaves no question: Donald Trump absolutely made the racist comments that Republicans are denying today.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 12, 2018
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