Rick Scott: Trump's 's---hole countries' comment is 'absolutely wrong'

Rick Scott: Trump's 's---hole countries' comment is 'absolutely wrong'
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is slamming 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 for calling Haiti, El Salvador and certain African nations “shithole countries,” saying his remarks were “absolutely wrong.”

“If this report is true, it is absolutely wrong to say or think this,” Scott said in a statement Thursday after the comments were first reported by The Washington Post. “I do not think this way, nor do I agree with this kind of sentiment. I represent Florida, and we are an amazing melting pot where over 250 languages are spoken.”

“I work every day to make this the most welcoming state for everyone — Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans, and others from all around the world that call Florida home. I’m incredibly proud of our diversity,” he continued.

Scott’s statement comes as Trump is reportedly pushing him to challenge Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonFlorida lawmakers blocked from entering facility holding migrant children Transportation Department watchdog to examine airplane cabin evacuation standards 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 (D-Fla.) in this year's midterm elections.

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More than 300,000 foreign-born Haitians live in Florida, and a little more than 100,000 of them are registered to vote, University of Florida political scientist Daniel A. Smith told Politico.

He also estimated that the turnout rate for those Haitians in 2016 was at 75 percent, matching the state average.

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.) confirmed that Trump had made the comments during an Oval Office meeting on immigration and that Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump says he will sign executive order to end family separations Trump backs narrow bill halting family separations: official 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-S.C.) had spoken out against the statement after it was made.

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Anti-Trump Republicans better look out — voters might send you packing Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA MORE (R-S.C.) also said that Graham had confirmed the comments to him. Other GOP senators attending the meeting said they didn’t recall the specific remarks.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to the Post. He also said the U.S. should bring in more people from countries like Norway.

The White House did not initially deny that Trump made the comments, but Trump disputed the reports on Twitter on Friday.