"I can not imagine that in the history of [the Oval Office], that hallowed room, where the president of the United States goes to work every day, there has ever been a conversation quite like that".
David Perdue called reports describing Trump as using vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation" and said Democratic Sen. A Republican attendee, Sen. Perdue and Cotton had travelled separately to the White House.
On Friday Trump denied he had disparaged Haiti, prompting a rebuke from Durbin. Tom Cotton had previously issued a statement saying they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically".
Mr. Durbin wrote, "Republicans and Democrats negotiated in good faith to reach a deal that gives you what you asked for in front of the country on Tuesday. We, along with the President, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades".
While Democrats have expressed openness to a deal that would combine legal status for "dreamers", as the group of young immigrants brought illegally as children are known, with funding for border security measures, Republicans have tried to broaden the talks.
Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, tweeted a rebuke early Sunday: "Credibility is something that's built by being consistently honest over time", he said.
"And that's when things deteriorated rapidly", Durbin said. He was speaking in reference to El Salvador, Haiti and several African countries.
"And I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was".
Then Trump began talking about immigration from Africa.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" he asked, according to Durbin and others at the meeting.
The other five Republicans in the room, it appears, did not say anything at the time and continued that Friday. Purdue reiterated on This Week Sunday morning that Trump had not used the phrase "shithole countries" in the meeting. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said late Saturday that it would resume accepting renewal requests from people who had already enrolled in the program. "Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not".
"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday, the South Carolina Republican said. If the President of the United States used the word "blank-hole" talking about countries in the Oval Office, or didn't say it, I would know".
"The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe. How many times do you want me to say that?"
He continued: "Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness. In reforming immigration we can not lose these American Ideals".
Meanwhile this weekend, debate raged over what Trump said in the Thursday meeting - and whether he had said it at all.
"I came back shaken, personally and politically shaken, by what he said", Durbin said. Instead, just as Attorney General Jeff Sessions had before the Senate intelligence committee in June, they simply said they could not recall what had happened.
"These comments not only highlight his pure ignorance, moral turpitude, and lack of judgment but his racism that has been a fixture of his career, campaign, and presidency", Rush said in a statement.