After Trump reportedly called third-world nations "shithole countries" during DACA negotiations, politicians called upon Nielsen to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "And the information in this report is only the tip of the iceberg: we now have terrorism-related investigations against thousands of people in the United States, including hundreds of people who came here as refugees". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had used strong and tough language in Thursday's meeting. "There was cross-talk", she explained at a congressional hearing, but she didn't "dispute the president was using tough language".
"What I heard him saying was that he'd like to move away from a country-based quota system to a merit-based system, so it shouldn't matter where you're from, it should matter what you can contribute to the United States", Nielsen said. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked Nielsen whether Trump had used the vulgarity to describe the countries "or a substantially similar word". Nielsen said Trump was simply conveying that the USA would like to have immigrants with hardworking skills who "assimilate" and contribute to the U.S.
At the hearing, Nielsen, who also attended the White House meeting, also denied Trump said it, saying she didn't remember the phrase being used at the meeting.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy was questioning Nielsen about a meeting she attended in the Oval Office last week where President Donald Trump reportedly labeled Haiti and nations in Africa as "shithole" countries and said that USA should be bringing people from Norway to the US instead.
Nielsen did not directly answer the question about a bank account for Mexican border wall deposits but said her "priority was to increase border security", and build "that wall". "And they were not used by the president", she said. It means that many Americans of color understandably view Trump as the president of white America, sharpening a legacy of distrust that will not quickly fade. Earlier this month, he was suspended from Twitter, which surely tortured his little fingers, but now he's back and he's angry at Senator Cory Booker.
"I actually was struck more by the fact that the conversation... had gotten to a place where many people in the room were using inappropriate language in the Oval Office", she said, noting she remembered "specific cuss words being used by a variety of members". You're under oath. You and others in that room that suddenly can not remember.
"Your silence and amnesia is complicity".
Mr. Trump has condemned US immigration policy for years, and especially since a terrorist attack in NY last October killed eight people.
Other senators suggested the word used might have been "shithouse". Nielsen told the senator she had no recollection one way or another as to whether Trump disparaged the population of an entire continent in shockingly gross terms.
Trump faced backlash after he was reported criticizing why immigrants, including those from countries like Haiti and African nations, were coming to the United States.