Warning: This post contains explicit language.
Senior officials in Washington spent the weekend openly, and sometimes brutally, disagreeing over what the president said in last Thursday’s meeting about immigration.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., led the charge, insisting President Donald Trump used vulgar and hateful language to describe Haitians and Africans. According to Durbin, the president repeatedly referred to “shitholes” or “shithole countries.” The president was nearly as emphatic in a denial he posted on Twitter the day after the meeting. “I’m not a racist,” he told reporters Sunday. “I’m the least racist person you will ever interview.”
There were at least eight other people at Thursday’s meeting. A few of them gave their own, often carefully-worded, versions of what happened. According to the Washington Post, a White House official suggested the president said “shithouse” rather than “shithole.” Some speculated the distinction allowed senators to deny use of one word without denying the broader context.
We pored through the statements to get a better look at what those within earshot of the president say he said.