Hawaii changes protocols for alerts after missile false alarm

Katrina Barker
January 17, 2018

The president previously acknowledged "tough" language was used during the meeting but denied making "derogatory" remarks about Haiti in particular.

After Nielsen told host Chris Wallace that she didn't remember Trump using that "exact phrase" and that Trump will "use strong language" when it comes to immigration, Wallace pushed back against her explanation.

The pair went back and forth about the meeting, with Durbin asking Nielsen how she remembered each interaction going.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, angrily criticized Nielsen's comments, telling her during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, "Your silence and your amnesia is complicity".

Durbin also asked Nielsen about the president's comments. Lindsey Graham termed an "s-storm" with his Oval Office remarks.

Booker said he was "seething with anger" after he heard reports that the president asked senators why the US keeps bringing in migrants from "sh-hole" countries like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.

Trump and some Republicans have said the senators' agreement is insufficient. "I don't debate the president utilizing intense dialect".

Durbin said Monday the White House should release whatever recording it might have of the meeting. Abdurasaul Hasanovich Juraboev and Ali Shukri Amin came to the US on the visa lottery while Mufid Elfgeeh, Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan and Uzair Paracha entered the USA using familial relations, it said. He was giving her one chance to tell the truth.

Speaking of Hawaii officials, Trump said "I love that they took responsibility". In response, Trump told reporters Sunday he is "not racist".

Trump ignited furor when he criticized the plan for allowing immigrants from Africa, Haiti and other "shithole" countries.

Although federal officials have said they will not target Dreamers, Trump has significantly expanded the categories of people who can be prioritized for deportation and immigrant advocates say DACA recipients who lose their status are at risk.

In a hearing Tuesday, Graham said Trump had reversed course, expressing openness on an immigration deal early last Thursday, only to reject it hours later.

"I know first-hand how today's false alarm affected all of us here in Hawaii, and I am sorry for the pain and confusion it caused", Ige said in a statement.

The South Carolina Republican says White House chief of staff John Kelly is "a fine man, but he's part of the staff". "The whole state was terrified", said Sen. "I'll just say, what Senator Durbin has portrayed is a misportrayal", the Arkansas senator told Little Rock radio station KARN on Tuesday.

"This report is a clear reminder of why we can not continue to rely on immigration policy based on pre-9/11 thinking that leaves us woefully vulnerable to foreign-born terrorists", Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said.

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