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 John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Senate Democrats request watchdog, Red Cross probe DHS detention facilities 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 CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senator says Iran needs to 'stop acting like an outlaw' Sen. Tom Cotton: 'Memorial Day is our most sacred holiday' The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan 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.