Didn't hear Donald Trump say 'shithole' at White House meeting, says Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen

US homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday that she did not hear President Donald Trump use the word 'shithole' during a meeting about immigration last week at the White House

Reuters January 17, 2018 08:22:20 IST
Didn't hear Donald Trump say 'shithole' at White House meeting, says Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen

Washington: US homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday that she did not hear President Donald Trump use the word "shithole" during a meeting about immigration last week at the White House.

Didnt hear Donald Trump say shithole at White House meeting says Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen

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Nielsen, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she remembered strong language and profanity being used during the meeting but did not recall how Trump described African countries.

US Democratic senator Dick Durbin, who attended the gathering, said last week that Trump used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "shithole" when speaking about African countries.

Durbin and Republican senator Lindsey Graham were briefing the president last week on a newly drafted immigration bill, being touted by a bipartisan group of senators, according to the sources, who asked not to be identified.

Other government officials were present during the conversation, sources told Reuters.

The lawmakers were describing how certain immigration programmes operate, including one to give safe haven in the US to people from countries suffering from natural disasters or civil strife.

One of the sources who was briefed on the conversation said that Trump asked, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They're shithole countries... We should have more people from Norway."

Many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers slammed the president for his remarks.

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