Appearing on CNN on Thursday morning, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (NY) all but rolled his eyes when asked about Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen’s claim that the Secret Service was prepared to provide security for Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
Following a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) to the president disinviting him from giving the annual address during the government shutdown — citing an inability to pay for security — Nielsen tweeted out an offer stating, “The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland.”
Asked by CNN’s Kate Bolduan about Nielsen’s attempt to rescue Trump’s speech that was reportedly going to be an attack on Democrats — blaming them for the shutdown — Jeffries blew off the Trump cabinet head’s offer.
“The head of Homeland Security says this about the security concerns that were cited in Nancy Pelosi’s letter,” host Bolduan pointed out. “It says they are fully prepared to secure the State of the Union. With that, why not reissue the invite to the president?”
“Does anyone take the secretary of Homeland Security seriously?” Jeffries shot back. “This is somebody who came before the Congress and could not tell us how many individual children and others had died in her custody. “
“You just don’t believe her?” the CNN host pressed.
“I don’t think she has any credibility on this point on this and a bunch of other issues that have been communicated by her and others in the Trump administration to the American people,” Jeffries said, dismissing her outright.
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