GOP senator: Leaking Trump’s alleged Oval Office comments ‘undermines trust’

Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Key ObamaCare groups in limbo | Opioids sending thousands of kids into foster care | House passes bill allowing Medicaid to pay for opioid treatments On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan MORE (R-La.) said on Friday that the leaking of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFamily immigration detention centers could be at capacity within days: report Trump likely to meet with Putin in July: report DOJ requests military lawyers to help prosecute immigration crimes: report MORE's comments calling Haiti and African nations "shithole countries" during an Oval Office Meeting only works to undermine trust. 

"It undermines trust going forward. Whatever was or was not said, if you disagree with what the fellow or gal says disagree with them publicly then but to go out and kind of report it is going to undermine trust," Cassidy said on the Fox News Channel.

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"Not [just] for this issue, but for future issues, it's just a rule of human contact, whether it's a marriage, a friendship or a political negotiation," he added. 

Cassidy's comments come after The Washington Post reported Trump's comments on Thursday.

Trump denied the report in a tweet on Friday, saying that he did not use such language.

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor Live coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report Hugh Hewitt to Trump: 'It is 100 percent wrong to separate border-crossing families' MORE (D-Ill.), who was at the meeting, confirmed the comments on Friday. 

“In the course of his comments, [Trump] said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Durbin told reporters. 

“I cannot believe in this history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday," Durbin said.

Cassidy called the controversy a distraction and said lawmakers need to focus on the issue that was at hand during the Oval Office meeting: immigration.