Pastor condemned Trump's 's---hole' remark in service Pence attended: report

Pastor condemned Trump's 's---hole' remark in service Pence attended: report
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A Maryland pastor condemned President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE’s comments calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” at a service attended by Vice President Pence, The New York Daily News reported Monday.

People attending the mass said Pence was red-faced as the Rev. Maurice Watson spoke out against Trump’s remarks.

“I stand today as your pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of the nations of Africa and of our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” Watson said at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo.


“And I further say: Whoever made such a statement, whoever used such a visceral, disrespectful, dehumanizing adjective to characterize the nations of Africa, whoever said it, is wrong. And they ought to be held accountable.”

Those attending the service reportedly jumped up and applauded.

Watson said he felt “led by God to do it,” noting that many parishioners at his church are from the nations Trump allegedly insulted, according to the Daily News.

Trump has faced intense criticism from both sides of the aisle for his comments about “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting on immigration.

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill Bipartisan senators press FBI, inspector general for changes following Nassar case MORE (D-Ill.), who was in the meeting, confirmed that Trump made the remarks to reporters on Friday.

However, GOP Sens. David Perdue (Ga.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai Biden says he's 'considering' a diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics MORE (Ark.), who were also present, said Trump didn’t make the comment after initially saying they didn’t recall the president making the remark.

Trump lashed out at Durbin on Twitter Monday, saying the senator “totally misrepresented” his comments.