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(AURN/AP) -- Democratic Senator Dick Durbin on Monday removed a Facebook post that erroneously claimed a GOP leader had told the president, “I can’t even stand to look at you,” saying he’s satisfied that people now know he’s not to blame for the mistake.
The White House says the error stemmed from a “miscommunication.”
On October 20th, Durbin, posted on his Facebook page that at a meeting with Obama during the government shutdown, a “GOP House Leader told the president: I can’t even stand to look at you.” Durbin was not at the meeting, but he says his source was a White House staffer who briefed him. That staffer has been identified as White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors.
Dubin said Monday, “They gave me a bad quote and then they said it didn’t occur.” He added, “Now it’s history, it’s behind us.”
The White House says the misunderstanding originated when White House officials gave Senate Democrats a summary of a meeting Obama had held with House Republicans. White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “There was a miscommunication when the White House read out that meeting to Senate Democrats, and we regret the misunderstanding, that quote was not accurate.”
Durbin said Monday that there was never any misunderstanding, at least not on his part. He also said when a “staffer in the White House” told him and other senators about the meeting, he found the comments so “earth-shattering” that he wrote them down verbatim.
Durbin said Monday that he’s now satisfied that it’s clear he didn’t make up the quote. Within a couple of hours, the only evidence of the dispute was a Facebook post in which Durbin expressed his appreciation for “this clarification from the White House.”
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