Rick Scott: Trump's 's---hole countries' comment is 'absolutely wrong'

Rick Scott: Trump's 's---hole countries' comment is 'absolutely wrong'
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is slamming President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE for calling Haiti, El Salvador and certain African nations “shithole countries,” saying his remarks were “absolutely wrong.”

“If this report is true, it is absolutely wrong to say or think this,” Scott said in a statement Thursday after the comments were first reported by The Washington Post. “I do not think this way, nor do I agree with this kind of sentiment. I represent Florida, and we are an amazing melting pot where over 250 languages are spoken.”

“I work every day to make this the most welcoming state for everyone — Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans, and others from all around the world that call Florida home. I’m incredibly proud of our diversity,” he continued.

Scott’s statement comes as Trump is reportedly pushing him to challenge Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonNelson campaign to donate K from Al Franken group to charity Political shenanigans mask true problems in Puerto Rico The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump MORE (D-Fla.) in this year's midterm elections.

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More than 300,000 foreign-born Haitians live in Florida, and a little more than 100,000 of them are registered to vote, University of Florida political scientist Daniel A. Smith told Politico.

He also estimated that the turnout rate for those Haitians in 2016 was at 75 percent, matching the state average.

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDurbin: ‘No reason’ for people to remember Kavanaugh at party accuser describes Durbin: Kavanaugh's accuser is not being treated respectfully Grassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap MORE (D-Ill.) confirmed that Trump had made the comments during an Oval Office meeting on immigration and that Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHouse Judiciary chair threatens subpoena if DOJ doesn’t supply McCabe memos by Tuesday Rosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ Graham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump MORE (R-S.C.) had spoken out against the statement after it was made.

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTrump assures storm victims in Carolinas: 'We will be there 100 percent' 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 Trump to visit North Carolina on Wednesday in aftermath of Florence MORE (R-S.C.) also said that Graham had confirmed the comments to him. Other GOP senators attending the meeting said they didn’t recall the specific remarks.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to the Post. He also said the U.S. should bring in more people from countries like Norway.

The White House did not initially deny that Trump made the comments, but Trump disputed the reports on Twitter on Friday.