And CNN’s Jake Tapper, of all people, says that his source backs the president’s claim, at least regarding Haiti, over the story told second-hand to the Washington Post (probably by one of the Democrats in the meeting).
But regardless of whether Trump used the phrase, and how, he has learned the hard way about the danger of even talking to the political opposition in the poisonous climate that Democrats and the mainstream media have created in Washington. Both are determined to bring down the Trump presidency and to nullify the 2016 election.
And for Democrats, the opportunity to do so was more important than the chance to help “undocumented” immigrants.
Think about it this way: a remark like “shithole countries” would have been just as potent after the Democrats and Republicans had reached a deal to resolve the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. If the Democrats really cared about saving the so-called “kids” of DACA from losing their work permits on March 6, and possibly being deported, they could have held onto that juicy tidbit, and leaked it after the deal was done.