RNC chair: Booker mansplained to DHS chief

During today's Senate hearing, Cory Booker called out DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over her comments about President Donald Trump's reported "shithole" remarks.

Nielsen testified that she didn't remember or didn't hear Trump say the "s****hole countries" comment. Cory Booker of New Jersey said he was seething with anger. I don't dispute the president was using tough language.

Nielsen testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that numerous people in the meeting used rough language, including the president, but she didn't specifically recall him using the word Sen.

Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, Nielsen said, "anything is possible" when asked if it was possible that Mr. Trump used the word "sh*thole" but she didn't hear it.

"Tuesday, we had a president that I was proud to golf with", Graham said, "call my friend, who understood immigration had to be bipartisan". Funding for the border wall and proposed solutions for the 11 million immigrants in the USA illegally were also discussed during the hearing.

During the hearing, Durbin grilled Nielsen on what transpired at the immigration meeting.

"I don't know where that guy went", he said.

"Sen. Graham spoke up in a way that I very much respect, countering what the president had said about countries in Africa, reminding the president that his family did not come to America with great skills or wealth, but they came here as most families do: looking for a chance to prove themselves and make this a better nation", Durbin said.

DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military. "It's fair to say the president reacted strongly to that".

Left to its own devices, the State Department came up with its own talking points to be used by US missions in Africa working to stem the damage, said a USA official, who wasn't authorized to disclose internal deliberations and demanded anonymity. Avoid confirming or denying what the president might have said, referring to it instead as an "alleged comment". Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Marcy Gordon, and Josh Lederman contributed from Washington.

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