Schumer: 'I totally believe' Durbin over Trump

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday evening that he “totally believe[s]” Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSchumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE (D-Ill.) in Durbin's dispute with President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE over if Trump referred to certain nations as "shithole countries" last week.

“We know about what historians will call 's-hole gate' from last Thursday,” Stephen Colbert said on CBS's "The Late Show." 

“Just a little while ago … [Trump] tweeted, 'Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what I said at the DACA meeting,’ ” Colbert read, impersonating Trump.

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“Do you have any doubts that Sen. Durbin is telling the truth when he says that the president said, repeatedly, that, 'why do we let in people from these shithole countries?' ” Colbert asked.

“I have no doubts,” Schumer replied. “First, Donald Trump has lied so many times, it’s hard to believe him on anything, let alone this.”

“But second, I’ve known Dick Durbin for 35 years, he was my roommate for 20 years … he is one of the most honorable people I’ve met. I have never know him to prevaricate, to lie,” he said.

“I totally believe Dick Durbin, and I think most Americans do, too.”

The Illinois Democrat had confirmed to reporters that Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting on immigration.

He doubled down on that confirmation earlier Monday and also called on the White House to release any tapes it might have of the meeting.

GOP Sens. David Perdue (Ga.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonEx-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Republicans raise concerns about Olympians using digital yuan during Beijing Games MORE (Ark.), however, have said that the president didn’t make the comments, despite initially saying they didn’t recall if he did.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE (R-S.C.), who also attended the meeting, reportedly told his South Carolina colleague Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottBiden: Republicans who say Democrats want to defund the police are lying The Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections MORE (R) that Trump did indeed use the phrase.