Trump fallout: Sen. Perdue's credibility questioned; Sen. Isakson weighs in

By The Associated Press
Posted 12:10PM on Sunday 14th January 2018 ( 1 year ago )

A spokesman for Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is questioning the credibility of Georgia Sen. David Perdue who says President Donald Trump did not refer to African countries using a vulgarity during a closed-door meeting.

Ben Marter tweeted Sunday, shortly after Perdue, a Republican, went on ABC's "This Week" to call reports that Trump used vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation." Perdue says Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham were mistaken in indicating Trump had.

"I am telling you that he did not use that word. And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation."

Previously, Perdue and Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said in a statement that they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically." Cotton said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he "didn't hear" the vulgar word.

Marter tweeted: "Credibility is something that's built by being consistently honest over time. Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. Ask anyone who's dealt with both."

As of late Sunday afternoon, there had been no response from Perdue's office to a request for comment on Marter's tweets.

Meanwhile, Georgia's other U.S. Senator, Johnny Isakson, also a Republican, is quoted in various circles as saying he did not hear Trump's remarks but if what he is reported to have said is true, "he owes the people of Haiti and all mankind an apology. That is not the kind of statement the leader of the free world ought to make, and he ought to be ashamed of himself. If he did not make it, he needs to corroborate the fact and prove it and then move forward."

(AccessWDUN's Ken Stanford contributed to this report.)

Sen. Perdue (AP file photo)

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