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DHS secretary, under oath: "I did not hear that word used"

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DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Photo: Tom Williams: / CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that she "did not hear" President Trump use the worse "shitholes or a substantially similar word" to describe certain countries during an Oval Office meeting last week.

Quote I did not hear that word used ... The president used tough language in general, as did others in the room.

Why this matters: Trump's language in the immigration meeting roiled discussions on immigration legislation and Democrats continue to stand by their public statements that Trump used a derogatory term.