GOP senator insists Trump didn't use vulgar term

President Trump, speaking on November 14, 2017.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Republican senator is insisting that President Donald Trump did not use a vulgar term in referring to African countries during a closed-door meeting on immigration that he and five other senators attended last week.

Georgia Sen. David Perdue called reports describing Trump as using vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation" and said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham were mistaken in indicating that was the case.

Perdue said Sunday on ABC's "This Week: "I am telling you that he did not use that word. And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation."

He and Republican Sen. Tom Cotton had previously issued a statement saying they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically."

World leaders have denounced Trump's comments as racist.

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