Political Notes – Perdue doesn’t ‘recall’ Trump using inflammatory language

[private]Sen. David Perdue said Friday he did not “recall” hearing Donald Trump describe Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa as “shithole countries” during a White House meeting on immigration, but didn’t deny that the president used the inflammatory language.

In a statement issued jointly with Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Perdue said, “We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest.”

Trump made the statement Thursday during a meeting with lawmakers where they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of an immigration deal.

According to several media reports, Trump said: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said the U.S. instead should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the sole Democrat attending the meeting, confirmed that Trump made the statement: “I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”

The White House has not officially denied the statement, although Trump has tried to back away from it, acknowledging only that he used “tough language.”

The full text of the Perdue-Cotton statement:

“President Trump brought everyone to the table this week and listened to both sides. But regrettably, it seems that not everyone is committed to negotiating in good faith. In regards to Senator Durbin’s accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest. We, along with the President, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades.”

Deal’s floor leaders

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced one changes to his team of floor leaders for the 2018 legislative session.

State Senator-elect Brian Strickland of Henry County will join Senators P. K. Martin IV (R-Lawrenceville) and Larry Walker III (R-Kathleen) as the floor leaders in the Senate.

Reps. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), Trey Rhodes (R-Greensboro), and Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville) will continue to serve on the House floor leader team,

Abany State President

Marion Fedrick has been appointed interim president of Albany State University. She will assume her new position on Feb. 1, replacing President Art Dunning, who is retiring Jan. 31.

Fedrick was previously vice chancellor for human resources in the University System.

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