Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerData confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue Pollster: Kavanaugh will get Dem votes Democrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said 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 is one of the "most honorable members of the Senate" after a GOP senator suggested the Illinois Democrat fabricated a quote from President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE referring to Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as "shithole countries."

"To impugn @SenatorDurbin's integrity is disgraceful," the Senate's top Democrat tweeted.

"Whether you agree with him on the issues or not, he is one of the most honorable members of the Senate."

"I certainly didn’t hear what Sen. Durbin has said repeatedly. Sen. Durbin has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings, though, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by that,” Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonBipartisan group introduces retirement savings legislation in Senate Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites MORE (R-Ark.) said earlier Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Cotton and Durbin attended a bipartisan meeting in the White House last Thursday during which the president reportedly questioned why the U.S. was admitting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries under Temporary Protected Status instead of from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister Trump recently met.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly asked, according to The Washington Post.

The White House did not deny the language reportedly used in a statement Thursday night.

On Friday Trump denied he had disparaged Haiti, prompting a rebuke from Durbin.

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

Cotton fired back at Durbin on Sunday, calling Durbin's account of the meeting "incorrect."

"I was sitting no farther away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was, and I know what Dick Durbin has said about the president's repeated statements is incorrect,” Cotton said.

The reported remarks sparked bipartisan criticism of the president from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, as well as in the media. Multiple lawmakers have called the comments "racist," and demanded that the president apologize.