Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said she would have questions for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who is set to appear before a congressional committee later in the day, about the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
Hirono told co-host Alisyn Camerota the questions would involve President Donald Trump’s views given the alleged use of the term “shithole” in a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers last week.
Hirono said it was her interpretation of those remarks that Trump only wanted white people to come to the United States.
“I’ll be asking her a number of questions regarding the president’s immigration policies, which he made clear that day he met with Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham that he wants basically white people to come to our country,” she said. “It’s hard not to have that interpretation. That’s my interpretation.”
“I think if the president uses the word, and I will use it — shithole — to refer to certain countries, I think you would remember,” she added. “So, I am very sad [Tom] Cotton and [David] Perdue are evolving in their recollections. And in fact, they’re enabling. They’re enablers to the president — what he said.”
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