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story.lead_photo.caption Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 19, 2018. The Senate is heading toward a showdown vote on Friday on legislation to keep the government open past midnight as Democrats appear ready to block it, gambling that President Donald Trump will offer concessions in the face of a crisis. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

No one "expressed offense" during a recent Oval Office meeting on immigration where President Donald Trump is said to have used a vulgar term to describe Africa, said Sen. Tom Cotton R-Ark., a shift from comments he made last week.

"I was not offended," Cotton said on NBC's Meet the Press. "Nobody in the meeting expressed their offense."

Last week, Cotton said on CBS' Face the Nation that he didn't hear Trump use the obscenity. On Sunday, he said on NBC that he "never denied there wasn't strong language used" at the Jan. 11 meeting on immigration priorities "by lots of people."

On CBS last week, Cotton said he "didn't hear" the comments ascribed to Trump by Sen. Richard 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."

Durbin said on NBC Sunday that he hadn't leaked the comment made by Trump but had further amplified the remarks "because the president denied it happened." Trump said in a Jan. 15 tweet that Durbin "totally misrepresented" what was said at the meeting and "blew DACA," referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, has said that he had objected to Trump's comments while the meeting was in progress.

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece to him directly yesterday," Graham said in a statement released Jan. 12. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel."

According to Cotton, Graham "made a case about immigration policy. He didn't make a case about what the president was saying."

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  • PopMom
    January 22, 2018 at 12:21 p.m.

    First, he says that he did not remember him saying anything. Now, he remembers, but indicates that he was not offended. Why doesn't Cotton just start telling the truth at the outset?

  • PopMom
    January 22, 2018 at 12:21 p.m.

    First, he says that he did not remember him saying anything. Now, he remembers, but indicates that he was not offended. Why doesn't Cotton just start telling the truth at the outset?

  • cain60660gmailcom
    January 22, 2018 at 12:37 p.m.

    FLIP FLOP FLIP

  • hurricane46
    January 22, 2018 at 12:57 p.m.

    Bald-face liar.

  • dunk7474
    January 22, 2018 at 1:38 p.m.

    Arkansas should be proud of their TWO bozo senators.

  • ARMNAR
    January 22, 2018 at 1:54 p.m.

    Cowardly lyin' Tom.

  • wildblueyonder
    January 22, 2018 at 1:57 p.m.

    Of course, not! They wait until the cameras are running to express their "outrage".

  • drs01
    January 22, 2018 at 2:51 p.m.

    Just turned off a cable TV show which had the following words used, some more than once. Motherf**ker, f**k, sh**, a**hole, Bastard, SOB.
    And you're making a big deal out of nothing that you can hear daily.
    No one should "express offense" over Trump's comments. He's living in the biggest sh**hole in the world, Washington DC home of the most overpaid, hypocrites in the world.

  • drs01
    January 22, 2018 at 2:54 p.m.

    This whole episode reminds me of a line from the movie Patton. when asked if he read the bible he replied, yes, every goddamn night.

  • GDB58
    January 22, 2018 at 3:15 p.m.

    Trump said he did not say it, I know that is difficult for a Dumocrat to understand.

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