There's No Point In Berating Secretary Nielsen for Trump's Comment

"Others in the room were also using tough language", Nielsen told the committee. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat who represents Vermont.

Booker and Harris both took issue with Nielsen's hazy recollection of the DACA meeting and her defense of an administration that is frequently embroiled in racial controversies. When pressed about Trump's use of vulgarity, she responded by presenting a thorough overview of the policy argument that Trump, in her view, had attempted to make.

"The president used tough language in general, as did other congressmen in the room", she said. Nielsen said Trump was simply conveying that the US would like to have immigrants with hardworking skills who "assimilate" and contribute to the U.S. Instead her ignorance extends to the question of what color skin most Norwegians have. Durbin asked if Graham was repeating exactly what the president had said.

Sanders tells reporters that Trump "hasn't said he didn't use strong language" in the meeting with bipartisan in the heated immigration debate last week. At one point, in response to a senator's question about Trump's language, Nielsen said she'd had enough.

"And is it possible he said the word at the meeting and you didn't hear it?" Sen.

When asked if Norway was predominantly white, Nielsen said "I actually do not know that, sir, but I imagine that is the case". Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) of using profanity in the meeting.

In a hearing Tuesday, Graham said Trump had reversed course, expressing openness on an immigration deal early last Thursday, only to reject it hours later.

"I have nothing further to say about a meeting that happened over a week ago", Nielsen said.

"I don't remember a specific word", she said.

He argued that hateful words from a USA president "festers" and contributes to an atmosphere that has included increased threats against minorities, including death threats against minority lawmakers such as himself. The situation got more complex later when the Washington Post reported that the two senators told White House officials "that they heard "shithouse" rather than 'shithole, ' allowing them to deny the president's comments on television over the weekend".

For example, when discussing Dreamers, many of whom are DACA recipients brought to the U.S.as undocumented children by their parents, Secretary Nielsen repeatedly called for a "permanent solution". Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFranken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics MORE (D-Minn.) asked.

"I do remember him asking about the concept of under-represented countries as a fix", Nielsen said.

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