DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: I’m Disappointed Dems Did Not Want to Listen to Me About Border Crisis
Giving credence to reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) refused to listen to a U.S.-Mexico border briefing by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, she also voiced her disappointment in the Democrats’ conduct during a meeting at the White House.
The meeting was held with leaders from both side of the aisle to see if a deal can be made to end the partial government shutdown.
Nielsen said the Democrats in attendance did not want to “hear about criminal aliens, drug smugglers, smuggled & abused children or violent caravans trying to breach the border wall.”
I am disappointed that Dems did not want to hear from @DHSgov about the security & humanitarian crisis we are facing at the border. They didn’t want to hear about criminal aliens, drug smugglers, smuggled & abused children or violent caravans trying to breach the border wall.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) January 3, 2019
“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. Kicking the can down the road is not the answer. I look forward to engaging w Members who want to listen & be part of the solution,” she added.
“I’m a little disappointed with I would say some on the other side. Once the Secretary started, Senator Schumer interrupted her and they really didn’t want to hear it and they challenged some of the points the Secretary made,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters after the meeting.
“Democrats in the room either don’t care that there is a humanitarian crisis on the border or just prefer ignorance. It was incredibly disheartening that they don’t want to know the facts when making policy,” DHS Spokeswoman Katie Waldman told the Daily Caller.
Democratic leaders remain firm that no deal made to reopen the government will include funding for a border wall.
During today’s meeting between @realDonaldTrump, myself & other Democratic leaders, we asked the President to open up the government – giving him a path Republicans have supported previously. Why would he not do it? #TrumpShutdown
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 3, 2019
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