Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen squirmed under tough questioning by Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) about President Donald Trump’s racist remarks about immigration.
Nielson appeared Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the panel’s ranking Democrat asked whether the president had made vulgar insults — identified in reports as “sh*thole” — against African nations and Haiti.
“I did not hear that word,” Nielson said. “The conversation was very impassioned, I don’t dispute that the president was using tough language, others in the room were also using tough language.”
She said the president wanted to move to a merit-based system of immigration, but Leahy pointed out that accounts of Trump’s remarks did not show that to be the case.
“He didn’t say we needed more PhD students or skilled workers, he said he wanted more people from Norway,” Leahy said. “Being from Norway is not a skill, and with the standard of living in Norway better than ours you’re not going to have many people from there.”
The senator asked Nielson what the president had meant, and she said Trump was referring the Norwegian prime minister’s praise the day before for her people’s work ethic.
“Norway is a predominantly white country, isn’t it?” Leahy asked.
“I actually don’t know that, sir, but I imagine that is the case,” Nielson stammered.
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"Where we are is at an inflection point," Scarborough said. "Donald Trump is losing. His support over the past few days has been dropping, in some places precipitously enough so to concern his advisers. We showed you yesterday polls from two of the most important states, Wisconsin and Michigan. and in Wisconsin, down 10 points. He's losing support there. In Michigan, down eight points. These are must-win states for Donald Trump."