Vulnerable Republican: 'I can't defend what the president reportedly said'

Vulnerable Republican: 'I can't defend what the president reportedly said'
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Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockDemocrats can kiss swing voters goodbye with progressive ballot The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Dramatic battle looms after Kennedy’s retirement Election Countdown: Kennedy retirement shakes up midterms | Big primary night for progressives | Fallout from Crowley's defeat | Trump flexes his muscles in GOP primaries | The Hill's Latina Leaders spotlights 2018 candidates MORE (R-Va.), a top Democratic target in next fall's midterm elections, said Friday that she “can’t defend” President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE’s reported comments calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries.”

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“The United States is a nation of immigrants, and our families and forebears have come from all over the world. This diversity is our strength and uniquely American,” Comstock, who represents a district in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, said in a statement.

“What we need now is not division or discord, but finding a way we can come together and agree, as well as civilly disagree, as we tackle our diverse American challenges.”

Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProminent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Trump tweets old video of Clinton talking up 'a strong Russia' MORE defeated Trump by 10 points in Comstock's district in the 2016 race, making the incumbent one of the Democratic Party's main targets in a midterm election where they hope to win back the House majority. A crowded Democratic field has already emerged to vie for Comstock's seat.

Trump during a White House meeting Thursday with lawmakers from both parties questioned why the United States should accept refugees from "shithole countries," The Washington Post reported.

Trump on Friday denied using the language, but Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE MORE (D-Ill.), who attended the meeting, said he had made the "hateful" remarks.