Durbin, the Senate majority whip, posted on his Facebook wall over the weekend that during a White House meeting, one GOP leader told Obama: “I cannot even stand to look at you.”
Durbin’s comments — leveled at a Republican lawmaker he refused to name during a meeting he didn’t attend — were called into question on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. House Republicans and the Obama administration refuted the account and the GOP sought an apology.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday that the remark was never given. “I looked into this and spoke with somebody who was in that meeting, and it did not happen,” he told reporters at the White House briefing.
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