Republicans are reportedly bickering in the White House over the precise derogatory slur used by their President to describe third world nations.
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White House correspondent for the Washington Post, Josh Dawsey, posted to Twitter yesterday saying:
"White House official told me tonight there is debate internally on whether Mr Trump said: "s****hole" or "s****house." [Senator] Perdue and [Senator] Cotton seem to have heard latter, this person said, and are using to deny."
President Donald Trump faced massive international backlash last week after it was widely reported that he complained at the number of immigrants from 'S***hole' countries who were coming to the United States.
Mr Trump has since tweeted denying he used the language but few republicans have outright said the reports are false.
Conservative writer and editor of the National Review, Rich Lowry, said on on ABC news this weekend: "My understanding from the meeting is he used a different but very closely related vulgarity... That's not going to make a difference to anyone ... The general tenor of the discussion has been reported accurately."
The single Democratic senator present at the meeting in question later told the Washington Post that Mr Trump's denial was false and the President said: "Things that were hate-filled, vile and racist...I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday."