Nielsen said, "I heard him repeating what he had said in a meeting before - that they are industrious, that they are a hard-working country, they don't have much crime there, they don't have much debt". Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, asked at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing whether Mr. Trump used that word or a substantially similar 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". She said she remembers him saying that the USA should move away from a quota-based immigration system and toward a merit-based system.
Trump drew widespread criticism last week after he reportedly use the expletive to describe African countries during a discussion on immigrants.
"I don't specifically remember categorization of countries in Africa", Nielsen responded.
Booker explained that his emotional confrontation with Nielsen stemmed from the DHS secretary seeming to "remain silent" in the face of Trump's "bile and bigotry", as well as her apparent lies before the Senate about overhearing the president's "sh*thole countries" comment. She said it was a meeting of 12 people and there was "crosstalk".
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He refused to believe that she did not hear Trump's racially tinged comments at an Oval Office meeting and expressed dismay that she would not call out the president. Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) used it while justifying silencing Sen. Graham said he didn't know what happened on Thursday morning before the next immigration meeting.
"I don't know where that guy went", he said. "We know this from history and we know this from recent experiences in our communities, and it's outrageous to see it in the highest office in the land", said Booker.
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