Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen dodged Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont when he repeatedly asked her if President Donald Trump made racist remarks about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, which Trump reportedly called “sh*thole countries” (video below).
Instead, Nielson told Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee that Trump used “tough language”:
I did not hear that word. 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.
Nielson also claimed that Trump praised Norway because he wants merit-based immigration, but Leahy reminded her that” being from Norway is not a skill”:
He didn’t say we needed more PhD students or skilled workers, he said he wanted more people from Norway. 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.
Nielson also claimed that she did not know if Norway is a mostly white country.
Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey recalled Trump’s racist remarks and shamed Nielson for claiming she couldn’t recall whether Trump had called African countries “sh*tholes” (video below):
The commander in chief, in an Oval Office meeting, referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vial and vulgar language. that language festers. When ignorance and bigotry is alive with power, it’s a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity.