Durbin confirmed the president repeatedly used the term "sh*thole countries" in the meeting, calling the president's words "hate-filled, vile, and racist".
While it's not unusual for the ESA to comment on political and public affairs (that's part of their role in the industry after all), what's most surprising is they very direct words that they use in this statement.
Trump allegedly said: 'Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?' during a meeting yesterday.
On Thursday, U.S. media reported that Trump behind closed doors expressed displeasure over people migrating to the United States from "shithole countries".
He tweeted, "I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level". The largest is El Salvadoran, the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian and when I mentioned that fact to him he said "Haitians?"
In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said.
He later added, "Why do we need more Haitians?"
CNN host Anderson Cooper fought tears while educating his audience about the people of Haiti after President Donald Trump's reported comments that described the country as a "s**thole".
"To no surprise, the President started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words", Durbin said.
A Democratic aide briefed on Thursday's meeting also toldNBC News about Trump's remarks.
The White House has not denied that he said this and it fits perfectly with all of his other racist, xenophobic statements on immigration. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" his tweet read.
As the administration attempted to "stabilize" and move the conversation away from the president's mental fitness, his comment welcomed detractions even from his allies. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" he said.