RNC chair: Booker mansplained to DHS chief

Senator Cory Booker forcefully challenges Homeland Security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, at Tuesday's Judiciary committee meeting.

Booker was just one of the Democrats on the panel who focused on the remarks at the meeting, prompting Nielsen to complain that she was at the hearing "to tell you about the threats our country faces" rather than a meeting that took place a week ago.

Booker was speaking with "The Breakfast Club" radio program when he was asked to comment on his recent rant against Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, where he "cried tears of rage" and labeled the DHS boss as "complicit" in Trump's "racism".

"I don't dispute that the president was using tough language", she said.

Nielsen then said she was struck more by the fact that the conversation had gotten to a place where "inappropriate language" was used by other people in the Oval Office in front of the president.

Trump addressed the controversy in a vague tweet claiming he used "tough" language in immigration meeting, but did not say "s****hole countries".

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"Tuesday, we had a president that I was proud to golf with", Graham said, "call my friend, who understood immigration had to be bipartisan". The remarks went viral, although critics on the right suggested Booker was performing for the cameras and the Republican National Committee hit Booker for "mansplaining" to Nielsen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

In her testimony, Nielsen got repeatedly quizzed on whether she heard Trump say "s***hole" while railing against immigration from countries in Africa and Haiti. Graham said he didn't know what happened on Thursday morning before the next immigration meeting.

"I'm not going to get into all the details of a private meeting". 'There's just no way I buy that'. What is the worst thing that allows bigotry and hate to proliferate is people who... stand by and do nothing when it's said.

As the firestorm over Trump's comment began late last week, the White House and Trump's National Security Council provided no guidance to the State Department about what to say to foreign countries who were incensed, said a US official familiar with the conversations between the White House and other federal agencies.

Lemire reported from Washington.

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