Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday in what easily could be called a contentious hearing.
The Secretary, who has long been rumored to be one of President Trump’s top targets for firing, did not prove to be an expert at her job before House Representatives either.
At one point, upon being questioned by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), the Secretary was forced to admit she has no idea how many migrant children have died while in her custody – not even “a rough idea.”
“Madam Secretary, did I understand you correctly to say that as you sit here today, you do not know how many human beings have died while in the custody of the department that you lead?”
“And you, in preparation for today’s hearing, you didn’t ascertain that number, but you don’t know it today?” he asked.
“I don’t have an exact figure for you,” Secretary Nielsen cooly replied.
“Do you have a rough idea?” Cicilline demanded.
“Sir, what I can tell you is –” Nielsen replied.
“I’m talking about people who have died in your custody. You don’t have the number?” he exclaimed.
“I will get back to you with the number,” Sec. Nielsen, clearly not pleased about the line of inquiry, responded condescendingly.
Rep. Cicilline: You do not know how many people have died in DHS custody?
DHS Sec. Nielsen: “I don’t have an exact figure”
Cicilline: “I’m talking about people who have died in your custody. You don’t have the number?”
Nielsen: “I will get back to you with the number.” pic.twitter.com/SxEmRe4CM2
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 20, 2018
Her admission comes just 12 days after many across the nation mourned the death of 7-year old Jakelin Caal of Guatemala, who was brought to America to seek asylum by her father. Jakelin was not given water for 8 hours, before a 90-minute bus ride. Two days later, she died.
White House spokesperson ridiculed for ‘pathetic’ spin on Trump’s trade war admission: ‘Does she think we believe that?’
Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.
Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.
"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."
Here is why Trump is obsessed with Greenland
They say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Remember that President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland in 1946; now, in 2019, President Donald Trump is trying to do the same thing.
This article first appeared in Salon.
To be clear, Trump’s farcical, “absurd” idea — to borrow the adjective used by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen — is not happening, and was never going to happen. As Frederiksen pointed out, Greenland is “not for sale." Trump, for his part, has not backed down from the idea.
Iowa’s Steve King facing ouster because his campaign is broke and his allies have fled: report
Iowa Republican Steve King is facing losing his seat representing his district in the U.S. House of Representatives as his campaign finds itself broke and the Republican Party has turned its back on him after his latest round of controversial comments.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, his campaign is struggling to bring donors -- who once wholeheartedly supported him --back into the fold.
Even worse, his colleagues in Congress have also abandoned him.