Schumer: 'I totally believe' Durbin over Trump

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFacebook reeling after damning NYT report Schumer warns Trump to stay out of government funding negotiations Schumer predicts Nelson will 'continue being senator' if 'every vote counted' MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday evening that he “totally believe[s]” Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOvernight Health Care — Presented by The Partnership for Safe Medicines — GOP lawmaker pushes back on Trump drug pricing plan | Pfizer to raise prices on 41 drugs next year | Grassley opts for Finance gavel McConnell: Criminal justice bill unlikely this year Trump’s backing may not be enough on criminal justice reform MORE (D-Ill.) in Durbin's dispute with President TrumpDonald John TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' 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.


“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 CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonMcConnell: Criminal justice bill unlikely this year Cotton opposes Trump-backed criminal justice bill Trump’s backing may not be enough on criminal justice reform 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 GrahamOn The Money: Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority | Grassley opts for Finance gavel, setting Graham up for Judiciary | Trump says China eager for trade deal | Facebook reeling after damning NYT report Cotton opposes Trump-backed criminal justice bill Lawmakers say California will eventually get emergency funding for fire relief MORE (R-S.C.), who also attended the meeting, reportedly told his South Carolina colleague Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill Time to pass the First Step Act Debbie Stabenow reelected to a fourth Senate term in Michigan MORE (R) that Trump did indeed use the phrase.