GOP senator: Leaking Trump’s alleged Oval Office comments ‘undermines trust’

Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan senators unveil proposal to crack down on surprise medical bills Outdated global postal system hurts US manufacturers MORE (R-La.) said on Friday that the leaking of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE's comments calling Haiti and African nations "shithole countries" during an Oval Office Meeting only works to undermine trust. 

"It undermines trust going forward. Whatever was or was not said, if you disagree with what the fellow or gal says disagree with them publicly then but to go out and kind of report it is going to undermine trust," Cassidy said on the Fox News Channel.

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"Not [just] for this issue, but for future issues, it's just a rule of human contact, whether it's a marriage, a friendship or a political negotiation," he added. 

Cassidy's comments come after The Washington Post reported Trump's comments on Thursday.

Trump denied the report in a tweet on Friday, saying that he did not use such language.

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment MORE (D-Ill.), who was at the meeting, confirmed the comments on Friday. 

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

“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," Durbin said.

Cassidy called the controversy a distraction and said lawmakers need to focus on the issue that was at hand during the Oval Office meeting: immigration.