MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said Wednesday morning that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was “dancing around the truth,” and the Morning Joe host went so far as suggesting that President Trump may have promised her something for her responses.
“Is this about Donald Trump? I mean, for Kirjsten Nielsen or these Senators Cotton or Purdue, are they doing this for Trump? I mean, I don’t understand why the DHS secretary couldn’t sit there and say by all estimations he said it. ‘I was there, I didn’t hear it, but everyone else in the room seemed to hear it. Lindsey Graham seemed to hear it so there’s not argument here from me.'”
“I mean, what was the careful little dance there, was that, was Trump promising her something?” Brzezinski added. “Did Trump make her take an oath? Did he scare her?”
“Mika!” Scarborough barked.
“And where does her responsibility to this country stand with he testifying under oath yesterday dancing around the truth for Trump,” she continued. “What did you just do, Madam Secretary, with your reputation, and the trust that we’re supposed to have in you as the secretary of Homeland Security. Because, I think she did immeasurable damage.”
Sec. Nielsen said yesterday during her testimony that she did not hear the exact words used during a recent controversial immigration meeting, but did say that the president used “tough language” during the meeting.