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.
Gun ‘Van Gogh killed himself with’ to go under hammer
The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself is to go under the hammer Wednesday at a Paris auction house.
Billed as "the most famous weapon in the history of art", the seven mm Lefaucheux revolver is expected to fetch up to 60,000 euros ($67,000).
Van Gogh experts believe that he shot himself with the revolver near the village of Auvers-sur-Oise north of Paris, where he spent the last few months of his life in 1890.
Discovered by a farmer in 1965 in the same field where the troubled Dutch painter is thought to have fatally wounded himself, the gun has already been exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Hong Kong protests a rare defeat for China’s President Xi Jinping say analysts
China's powerful President Xi Jinping has been dealt a rare setback with the suspension of unpopular legislation in Hong Kong following massive protests, but Beijing could bite back by tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city, according to analysts.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, calling for the resignation of the territory's pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam -- even after she suspended a deeply unpopular bill that would have allowed extraditions to the mainland.
Xi is not used to such challenges, having consolidated his power and tightened his grip on civil society on the mainland since taking office in 2012.
Trump’s reelection support is 50-50 in Texas, Biden and O’Rourke lead the Democrats, UT/TT Poll says
Texas voters are split when asked about reelecting the president, and Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke are their favorites for the Democratic nomination to challenge him, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Half of the registered voters in Texas would vote to reelect President Donald Trump, but half of them would not, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Few of those voters were wishy-washy about it: 39% said they would “definitely” vote to reelect Trump; 43% said they would “definitely not” vote for him. The remaining 18% said they would “probably” (11%) or “probably not” (7%) vote to give Trump a second term.