Homeland Security chief testifies she 'did not hear' Trump use vulgarity

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen looks on during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is standing behind her comments that she did not hear President Donald Trump use the word "s***hole" during last week's contentious Oval Office meeting concerning a bipartisan proposal for a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Sens. Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham, a Democrat and Republican respectively who were in the meeting, have confirmed to the press the reports that Trump said the words "sh-hole countries" to describe individuals from African nations and had disparaging remarks toward Haitians being part of an immigration deal - all as part of a conversation about how the USA accepts immigrants.

When questioned by Durbin if she remembered Graham was repeating the exact language used by the president, Nielsen said, "I remember specific cuss words being used by a variety of members". Trump said on Sunday: "I'm not a racist".

"We're glad you're here too, Senator Booker", committee member Sen.

"In light of the president's comments I'm forced to question whether the decision to terminate protected status for Haitian nationals was in fact racially motivated", said Sen.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, called the current state of immigration negotiations quote an "s-show", and indicated he's been whip sawed by the president's changing position.

"I won't ask you to say those words here but I will say for the record that Sen. The pillars of President Trump's immigration policy-securing our porous borders, moving to a merit-based immigration system that ends the use of diversity visas and chain migration, and enforcing our nation's laws-will make their jobs easier and make the United States a safer place". "I'm telling you he did not use that word, George, and I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation", he told journalist George Stephanopoulos.

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Trump on Monday blamed Senator Dick Durbin for blowing up talks on a deal to help immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and said the Democratic lawmaker misrepresented his comments about Haiti and African countries. "It was very impassioned", Nielsen said.

"This has turned into a S-show", said Sen.

Congress is facing a Friday deadline to fund the federal budget, and Democrats and Republicans have attempted to use that deadline to come to an agreement on new immigration and border security policies. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., about whether Trump might have used the slur without Nielsen hearing it. Dick Durbin (D-IL) at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now, I don't know where that guy went.

At one point, Nielsen was asked on whether the administration has arrangements for Mexico to pay for the wall - a longtime claim of the president's.

"I am not aware".

"How do you mean pay sir?" "There are a variety of ways". Madame Secretary, you were in the room. She obfuscated just as much during Durbin's line of questioning. He was giving her one chance to tell the truth.

"Yes there was interference, but to my knowledge no votes were changed", Nielsen said, adding she thought Russian Federation and "other foreign actors" would try to undermine this year's elections.


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