"Like most men of his age, President Donald Trump has a common form of heart disease, relatively easy to address if he increases the dose of his cholesterol-lowering medication and makes necessary lifestyle changes", he wrote. "And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation".
Under persistent questioning, Nielsen said she didn't recall the specific language used by Trump.
"I'm not going to get into what I said, but I will tell you, it was a tough meeting", Trump said.
Durbin - the only Democrat in attendance - told reporters that Trump made the comments that were attributed to him.
But the storm around Trump's alleged comments is not simply fueling debates about his fitness for office-it's also dividing his own party, and deepening the gulf between Democrats and Republicans as both sides struggle to reach a deal to fund the government and to protect undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.
In February 2017, Trump was asked to comment on the increase in threats to America's Jewish centers and rising anti-Semitism during the 2016 presidential campaign. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was in the meeting, substantiated Durbin's claim. Durbin confirmed the president's vulgar language on the record, but a pair of senators defended Trump over the weekend, accusing Durbin of making it up.
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South Africa's government called for a meeting Monday with acting U.S. Ambassador Jessye Lapenn in Pretoria as part of a diplomatic protest of Trump's "disturbing" comments, the Department of International Relations said in a statement Sunday.
"The proposal brought by Senator Durbin and Senator Graham would go in the opposite of what we need, which is a skill-based system that treats people for who they are, not where they're from", Cotton said. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private conversation. "This seems reckless and unethical", while Free Beacon reporter Alex Griswold asked, "What else did former Hillary Clinton advisor Sanjay Gupta say?" Trump wrote, "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".
Democrats have condemned Trump's remarks as "racist", a charge Sanders rejected as "outrageous".
Presidents don't typically sit for cognitive assessments during their periodic physical exams. However, the New York Daily News noted that his height had been disputed before.
The irony of the Trump administration pointing to a test devised by an immigrant was not lost on Nasreddine, whose family came to Canada during Lebanon's civil war.
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Friends said private discussions had been ongoing for months, adding that she was "actively thinking" about running for President. Singer and producer Brad Walsh wrote: "She is quite literally the Antitrump".