“I stand by my words,” Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, told the co-hosts. He said the language Trump used was “explicit” and reflects the president’s view that “we would favor some countries like Norway and the Europeans at the expense of Africans and people from Haiti.”
“It was clear to me what the president was saying,” he added.
Answering a question from Durbin, Nielsen replied, “I don't specifically remember a category — categorization of countries in Africa. There was a lot of rough talk by a lot of people in the room.”
Durbin, responded he didn’t “know how you could miss those words spoken by the president.”
“A lot of my colleagues who were in that room, two senators and now the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, can't remember what the president said. I can't forget what the president said,” Durbin added.
“I saw what Sen. Durbin said — that he stood by every word that he said. So let me be clear. I stand by every word that I said,” Cotton said Tuesday. “The difference is, I’m right. As far as I know there’s only one person who’s spoken about this meeting under oath and she confirmed my account.”
Cotton initially said, in a statement shortly after the meeting, that he “did not recall” Trump making any offensive comments.
On “The View,” Durbin refused to label his colleagues as “liars” when asked by co-host Joy Behar about the different accounts.
Guest co-host Alicia Menendez pressed Durbin on why he didn’t scold the president in the moment.
Graham has not disputed Durbin's account.
“You're going to see before the end of the day more Republicans stepping forward and saying they don't agree with President Trump's views on immigration,” he replied. “I don't believe those views represent America.”
ABC News’ Ali Rogin contributed to this report.