Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen battled it out with Nancy Pelosi after Pelosi interrupted Nielsen as she was reporting facts from the border, including how many criminals and gang members are being caught trying to enter the country.
Pelosi told Nielsen that she disputed Nielsen’s facts. Nielsen sharply told her that she was reading the facts. Not her facts but the facts. Of course, Pelosi offered no reason why she disputed the facts.
Nielsen later went onto social media and complained that Democrats are totally uninterested in the facts, making their objections political and not based on facts.
Following the episode, Nielsen went to social media to criticize Pelosi and the Democrats for not wanting to hear about the issue of illegal immigration.
“I am disappointed that Dems did not want to hear from @DHSgov about the security & humanitarian crisis we are facing at the border,” Nielsen wrote. “They didn’t want to hear about criminal aliens, drug smugglers, smuggled & abused children or violent caravans trying to breach the border wall.”
“The crisis is not going away-it is getting worse. The status quo in funding & authorities for #DHS is irresponsible & makes our country less secure,” she continued. “Kicking the can down the road is not the answer. I look forward to engaging w Members who want to.”
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, also criticized Nielsen’s presentation, telling Bloomberg that it “was not a credible presentation.”
“It was preposterous,” Durbin said. “At a time when we have the lowest level of apprehensions at the border — stopping people from coming in illegally — the lowest level historically, she is saying that we have all these terrorists and criminals and all these people on their way in.”