Republicans 'do not recall' Trump's alleged Africa slur

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (January 12, 2018) — Two Republicans who were in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump say they "do not recall" him using a vulgar word to describe some countries in Africa.

Georgia Sen. David Purdue and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton issued a joint statement Friday. They say, "We do not recall the president saying these comments specifically." They say, "But what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers."

The allegation against Trump came as pro-immigration senators tried to pitch Trump on a deal to protect younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Perdue and Cotton had travelled separately to the White House.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois was also in the Oval Office meeting and has gone public with specific allegations of what President Trump said about African nations and Haiti.

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