Homeland Security secretary grilled over Trump 's---hole' comments

Homeland Security secretary grilled over Trump 's---hole' comments

Richard Blumenthal tried again.

"I actually don't know that, sir", she replied.

Trump has not clarified to aides what he said, but told reporters Sunday night in Florida that comments attributed to him "weren't made."

The Trump administration released a study Tuesday claiming that most people convicted in USA courts of crimes related to worldwide terrorism are foreign-born, a move that amplifies the president's efforts to invoke national security concerns to justify tighter immigration policies.

Nielsen said she would hate for anybody not to abide by government warnings.

Testifying on Capitol Hill, Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, called the report's findings "truly chilling data".

Trump and some Republicans have said the senators' agreement is insufficient.

Cory Booker is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore!

Nielsen interrupted to deny the context of the quote.

If I really do recall what was said, will I be contradicted by other reliable evidence? In fact, I've never heard any president, Republican or Democrat, utter anything even similar.

"Why am I frankly seething with anger?" For as little as $3, you can help us.

Several people who were at the meeting last week or familiar with the discussions, said Trump disparaged those countries in vulgar, racially tinged terms.

Evoking the words of Martin Luther King and the "greatest heroes in this country who spoke out about people who have convenient amnesia or who are bystanders", Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, said Nielsen was "complicit" in the damage done by Trump's reported insult.

He noted that a recent Government Accountability Office report found that 73% of violent incidents since September 11, 2001, were the result of white supremacy and right-wing violent extremists.

"What I heard him saying is that he would like to move away from a country-based quota system to a merit-based system", she said.

Booker launched into a tirade, telling Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: "For you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss the questions of my colleagues ... with tens of millions Americans hurting right now because they're anxious about what happened in the White House, that's unacceptable to me". Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) know what was said. It would also provide $2.7 billion for border security, including $1.6 billion for construction of a wall on the southern border and $1.1 billion for new technology. "What I was struck with, frankly, I'm sure you were as well, the general profanity used in the room by nearly everyone". When asked whether she recalled the President saying he wanted more immigrants from Europe and specifically Norway, Nielsen said he Trump admired they were hard working, had low crime and that he had just met with the prime minister. "Graham use profanity?" Durbin followed up.

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