DHS chief takes heat over Trump furor

January 17, 2018

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen faced heated questions from Democratic lawmakers Tuesday over her recollections of a White House meeting in which President Trump questioned why the United States would take additional immigrants from “shithole countries.”

The remarks have set off a days-long firestorm, raising the odds of a government shutdown and emboldening Democrats to demand that a fix protecting certain immigrants brought to the United States as children be included as part of a deal.

Nielsen insisted throughout the more than four-hour hearing that she had not heard Trump use the word “shithole,” earning her withering criticism from some Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I don’t remember the specific words [Trump used],” Nielsen said in response to questions from Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the first senator to publicly accuse Trump of using the phrase to describe Haiti and other countries.

“What I was struck with, frankly, as I’m sure you were as well, was the general profanity that was used in the room by almost everyone,” she said.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • McFerguson says:

    I only saw snippets from the DHS Secretary’s Senate testimony on Capital Hill yesterday. And, from what I saw, she handled herself exceptionally well in responding to some democrat’s withering interrogation posing as innocent questions. I speak of Senator Booker (D-NJ), what a phony! Gesticulating, almost screaming and accusatory as if the Secretary had been complicit herself in deporting every Haitian or African American back to their countries of origin. Where the Secretary was cool and professional and answered the question in a dispassionate way, I was hoping she’d tell him to change his tone or he’d get no more answers out of her.

  • Humble Servant says:

    The libs need something to cry about or they have no job. Their life goal is to make noise so all can see them. To be humble is not something they understand or see honor in. They can say what ever they want and the media gives them a pass. This goes to show as the libs loose power so does the media because they have hooked their horse to the party of crazies. We will see this all go away as Pres. Trump takes more and more of their powers away. He will spend an entire presidency working to undo the mess the crazy libs did during the Obama 8 yrs. This is a shame the American people stuck on “only Democrat” voting would have seen the character of each of the people they were sending into power and how this was going to negatively impact this great country. Vote wisely or don’t vote because you may get exactly what you don’t want.

  • Navy Bob says:

    Why is it that when Republican Senators and Congressmen asked questions of then-Secretary Clinton about what she knew about Benghazi and when she knew it, they were attacked by Feminists for “attacking” a woman. yet there is a remarkable silence from them and the attack from Booker od DHS Sec Nielsen. Could it be because Rep Booker is a democrat and thus incapable of “attacking” a woman? Is it based on race, that a black person can not “attack” a white person? I am just trying to figure this out.
    Radio personality Chris Plante has a wonderful idea about this: “If it weren’t for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.”

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