Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said she will testify under oath she never heard President Donald Trump use the word “s**thole” to describe African countries during a bipartisan meeting.
Nielsen is scheduled to testify Tuesday on Capitol Hill, where Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) will be one of the members asking her questions. John Dickerson of CBS News asked what would happen if Durbin were to ask her about the meeting and the phrase.
Nielsen replied she was in the meeting and did not hear Trump specifically use that term.
“I have no problem repeating what I’ve said,” she said. “That’s not a word that I remember being used. It was very impassioned. People on all sides feel very strongly about this issue, frankly, as well as they should. There were a lot of conversations happening at the same time.”
Nielsen further stated the conversation covered a wide range of topics, including having the U.S. immigration system move toward a merit-based framework.
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