DHS secretary grilled over Trump 's---hole' comments, 'did not hear' specific words

Kirstjen Nielsen was questioned before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.
2:01 | 01/16/18

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Transcript for DHS secretary grilled over Trump 's---hole' comments, 'did not hear' specific words
What was that strongly which. That seat strong language there was. I apologies I don't remember specific word what I was struck with frankly as Hampshire you Wear as well is just general. Profanity that was used in the room by almost everyone. You hear me use profanity to assert neither deny your senator Graham use profanity. I I teach your tough language for senator Graham -- he recalled that the strong language used repeated exactly what the president it's prior to that. I remember specific cuts birds being used by afraid of members them. I'm not an excuse to say those words here and defenses and Bagram the strong words repeated exactly the words used for the president which you can remember. I'm Aaron secretary you were in the room here under oath. The president trump use this word. Gore is substantially. Similar words. To describe certain countries. At did not hear that word used mr. I'm not that isn't questioned the use anything similar to that describing. Certain countries. The conversation his Varian passions I don't dispute that the president was using tough language others in the room are also using tough language. This month if I cut the concept in the contacts I believe and which at this came up. Was the concept that the president would like to move to America beat system received means when he says he wants more immigrants. From Norway. I don't believe he said that specifically when he was saying was he's using Norway is an example of a country that is. What you specifically referring to use the prime minister telling him that if people Norway work very hard. And so what he was referencing is from the mayor at these perspective we'd like to have those with skills who can assimilate and contribute to the United States moving away from country quotas. And to an individual merit based system.

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