Sen. Tom Cotton: 'I was not offended' by Trump's 'cursing' at meeting

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 22, 2018

In an interview on NBC News' "Meet The Press," the Arkansas Republican insisted Congress has to stop "chain migration" and focus on a merit-based immigration policy in any fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"I was not offended".

On CBS last week, Cotton said he "didn't hear" the comments ascribed to Trump by Durbin, and he added that the No. 2 Democrat "has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings, though, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who disputed some of Trump's arguments during the meeting, and Sen.

COTTON: I was not offended and nobody in the meeting expressed their offense.

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Cotton said he would not go over every single word from the controversial meeting, in which Trump reportedly denigrated Haiti and various African countries as "shitholes". What Trump and others in that meeting expressed was astonishment that Senator Durbin and Senator Graham would bring a proposal that won't move us towards a skill-based system but towards a system where we're rewarding people based on where they come from, not who they are. the point of immigration reform is to judge people as individuals based on who they are and what they can contribute to society, not who they are and who they are related to. I think it is fair to say there was cursing behind closed doors. And it made it seem as if you were accusing Dick Durbin of being a liar.

"Senator [Dick] Durbin [D-Ill.] represented that President Trump... repeatedly used vile, racist language".

Cotton argued that immigration reform should lead to a system that judges people as individuals on their merit and on what they can contribute to US society - rather than on their family members already resident in the United States or their nation of origin.

"I've never denied that there wasn't strong language used in the meeting by lots of people", Cotton replied. "What I'm saying it's a gross misrepresentation".

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