Fox's Wallace: Pelosi's 'five white guys' comment is 'a parking ticket' compared to Trump's 's---hole countries'

Fox News host Chris Wallace said Friday that House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMadeleine Albright slams Trump over immigration Pelosi: GOP is 'complicit' in separating families Conservative groups outline new ObamaCare repeal plan MORE's (D-Calif.) comments around "five white guys" working on immigration reform for the GOP is merely "a parking ticket" when compared to President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE's "shithole countries" comment around immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa. 

Wallace's remark comes as the president's comment has dominated cable news on Thursday night and Friday and even resulted in National Urban Radio Network White House correspondent and CNN contributor April Ryan shouting a question at Trump during a Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration asking if he "was a racist." 
 
"It was a dumb remark," Wallace said of Pelosi's "five white guys" comment to anchor Sandra Smith on Fox's "America's Newsroom." 
 
"It was representative of the identity politics that Democrats play. Instead of talking about these five individuals who are having this meeting — it was the top vote counters in the House and the Senate, both Republican and Democrat, and also the chief of staff, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE at the White House," the "Fox News Sunday" host continued. "It was a dumb remark, but I have to say, in all fairness, it’s a parking ticket compared to what the president allegedly said.”
 
Smith played a clip of Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinLive coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report Hugh Hewitt to Trump: 'It is 100 percent wrong to separate border-crossing families' Opioid treatment plans must include a trauma-informed approach MORE (D-Ill.) stating the president said "shithole countries" in regards to certain nations, which Durbin characterized as "vile and vulgar" and painful "to so many people," she asked Wallace about Trump's apparent denial of the remark.
 
"Chris, I’ll remind everybody that the President said he didn’t use that language," Smith said. "Dick Durbin was in the room and he says he did.”

“Again, the President has not specifically denied that. He has specifically denied that he said, ‘Why do we need more Haitians? Get them out.’ On the s-hole remark, he hasn’t specifically denied that," Wallace noted. 
 
"He just said, ‘I didn’t use the language they quoted.’ But again, specifically it was only the remark about the Haitians. It is kind of an extraordinary moment when we have to caution viewers about language that the president apparently said in the Oval Office writing off whole countries including a whole continent, Africa. It is pretty extraordinary.”

Two GOP senators said Friday they "do not recall" President Trump's reference to "shithole countries" during an Oval Office meeting on immigration. 

Sens. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate GOP tries to defuse Trump border crisis GOP senators drafting legislation to keep immigrant families together Hillicon Valley: Supreme Court takes up Apple case | Senate votes to block ZTE deal | Officials testify on Clinton probe report | Russia's threat to undersea cables | Trump tells Pentagon to create 'space force' | FCC begins T-Mobile, Sprint deal review MORE (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) issued a joint statement saying they did not recall the president making the exact comments and called out Durbin for confirming the comments. 

"In regards to Senator Durbin’s accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest," the senators wrote.