Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Nielsen what the president meant when he expressed a desire for the U.S.to take in more Norwegian immigrants.
It was very impassioned.
And yet, the official declined to say how numerous 402 foreign-born people convicted of terror-related charges had actually entered the United States using the lottery program or via chain migration. She added that "others in the room were also using tough language".
Later Leahy pressed her again.
"Let's see, strong language, there was, uh, apologies - I don't remember specific word", Nielsen said. "We were at two meetings together" last week.
"Norway is a predominantly white country, isn't it?" followed Leahy. The concept and the context I believe in which this came up was a concept that the president would like to move a to a merit-based system (for immigration).
"How did he characterize those countries?"
Booker said, "Now, I've been in the Oval Office many times and when the commander in chief speaks, I listened".
"We will work with states to ensure that, yes", Nielsen replied. She added that "general profanity" was used by several attendees. "I can assure you that it is more than just a few cherry picked cases that are represented here in this report".
She answered: 'I heard him repeating what he had learned in a meeting before [with the country's prime minister] that they are industrious, that they are a hardworking country they don't have much crime there they don't have much debt, ' she said.
"He used tough language", Nielsen said.
A memo from then-acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said the agency lacked the authority to implement DACA because it was an executive order from former President Barack Obama. He thanked Graham for "countering what the president had said about Africa".
Booker said it was "unacceptable" that Nielsen said she didn't recall Trump's words.
A southern border wall has been a promise of the Trump's since his presidential campaign began.
Durbin has said the White House should release whatever recording it might have of the meeting.
In his round of questioning, Sen.
Sec. Nielsen is under oath. Taking a different tact, she asked, "Is it possible that he said the word?"
Trump insisted afterward in a tweet that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
Another Trump official has come down with "shithole"-related amnesia".
"I will just say for the record, Sen".
Instead, she chose to lie and protect Trump. Democratic leaders are demanding that protections for the dreamers be part of any spending deal.
Nielsen said she did not remember the specific language being used in the room and that numerous attendees in the meeting were using "rough talk".
Trump and bipartisan members of Congress met Tuesday in an attempt to strike a deal to continue DACA while also funding a wall along the Mexican border.
Questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin, DHS Sec.