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

Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyHere is a health care proposal that could actually work Senators target 'gag clauses' that hide potential savings on prescriptions Kimmel: Political pleas on health care have cost me commercially MORE (R-La.) said on Friday that the leaking of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon House passes 'right to try' drug bill Spending bill rejects Trump’s proposed EPA cut 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.

"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 DurbinGOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone Water has experienced a decade of bipartisan success Trump vows tougher borders to fight opioid epidemic 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.