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Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFive takeaways from the final Tennessee Senate debate Schumer rips Trump 'Medicare for all' op-ed as 'smears and sabotage' GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDurbin opposes Saudi arms sale over missing journalist Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Kavanaugh tensions linger after bitter fight MORE is one of the "most honorable members of the Senate" after a GOP senator suggested the Illinois Democrat fabricated a quote from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE referring to Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as "shithole countries."

"To impugn @SenatorDurbin's integrity is disgraceful," the Senate's top Democrat tweeted.

"Whether you agree with him on the issues or not, he is one of the most honorable members of the Senate."

"I certainly didn’t hear what Sen. Durbin has said repeatedly. Sen. Durbin has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings, though, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by that,” Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonFlake: Congress should not continue Kavanaugh investigations GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter Susan Collins becomes top 2020 target for Dems MORE (R-Ark.) said earlier Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Cotton and Durbin attended a bipartisan meeting in the White House last Thursday during which the president reportedly questioned why the U.S. was admitting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries under Temporary Protected Status instead of from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister Trump recently met.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly asked, according to The Washington Post.

The White House did not deny the language reportedly used in a statement Thursday night.

On Friday Trump denied he had disparaged Haiti, prompting a rebuke from Durbin.

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

Cotton fired back at Durbin on Sunday, calling Durbin's account of the meeting "incorrect."

"I was sitting no farther away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was, and I know what Dick Durbin has said about the president's repeated statements is incorrect,” Cotton said.

The reported remarks sparked bipartisan criticism of the president from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, as well as in the media. Multiple lawmakers have called the comments "racist," and demanded that the president apologize.