Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots MORE (R) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE Friday morning for comments he reportedly made referring to Haiti and several African nations as "shithole countries."
"The words used by the President, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough,' they were abhorrent and repulsive," Flake tweeted.
The words used by the President, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not “tough,” they were abhorrent and repulsive.— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) January 12, 2018
During a Thursday bipartisan meeting in the Oval Office on immigration reform, the president reportedly asked why the U.S. would accept immigrants from "shithole countries." The White House has been hosting bipartisan meetings this week in hopes of reaching a deal on immigration that would include protections for young immigrants as well as funding for border security.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to The Washington Post.
A White House statement on Thursday did not deny the account.
But on Friday morning, Trump tweeted a denial, claiming he used "tough" words but not the ones reported.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," the president wrote.
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems," Trump added.
Flake has emerged as a top critic of Trump since announcing that he would not seek reelection in a Senate floor speech in October that criticized the president.