Sen. Durbin stands by his account of President Trump's controversial remarks

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Speaking to reporters in his home state, Durbin said Monday he didn't record the conversation between Trump and a bipartisan group of lawmakers last Thursday because visitors are required to check their cell phones before entering the Oval Office.

The US president was referring to Haiti, El Salvador and the continent of Afria as he was being prepped on immigration policy by Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin.

There is some internal West Wing debate whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse".

The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.

"No, No. I'm not a racist", Trump said Sunday, after reporters asked him to respond to those who think he is. "Trump offered a vague denial in a tweet on Friday, and not until Cotton and Perdue spoke on Sunday did another participant challenge whether Trump had used the word "sh**hole", the Post reported. "We are ready, willing and able to make a deal".

Donald Trump claimed on Sunday that he's "not a racist" following a row over his use of the word "shithole" to describe countries in Africa.

"I don't think Democrats want to make a deal". They are still damaging, however, because they have disrupted initial progress towards a compromise proposal to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme. Members of Congress from both parties are trying to strike a deal that Trump would support to extend that protection. Trump also expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway, which is overwhelmingly white.

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Several Republican senators who were in the room for that meeting on immigration say Trump is telling the truth.

"You're going to see before the end of the day more Republicans stepping forward and saying they don't agree with President Trump's views on immigration", he replied.

Sen. Dick Durbin is hitting back at his Republican colleagues who accused him of cooking up facts about an infamous White House meeting. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), who attended the meeting in question, said they didn't recall Trump making such a comment. Sen.

A confidant of Trump told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks.

Trump has said Durbin misrepresented his comments. After referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as "shithole countries", the President is under pressure to deliver an apology to the countries and peoples affected by his statement.

On Monday, two senators who said he did indeed use the disparaging remark stood by their account of what took place. "... We know what happens when people sit by and are bystanders and say nothing". He has devoted his presidency, so far, to pandering to his most conservative minority of supporters, while paying a more reasonable-sounding lip service to the rest of us.

"Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here", he said, evoking sharp criticism.