"By rejecting facts and refusing to directly face obvious security threats, Secretary Nielsen is betraying our values and failing to lead the agency responsible for public security", he said in a statement.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday declined to say she agrees that Russian election interference was created to help President Donald Trump, though she said she accepts the USA intelligence community's assessment that concluded just that.
"I don't think there's any question in the intel community or at DHS that Russians attempted to infiltrate and interfere with our electoral system", she said.
Nielsen also told the audience that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has many duties that are overlooked by the agency's critics, including anti-smuggling, anti-trafficking and rooting out child exploitation.
Nielsen, however, said "it would be foolish" to think Russian Federation is not still interfering with the USA electoral system. While he has walked back his comment at the Helsinki summit that Russian Federation likely didn't interfere with the 2016 election, on Tuesday he said others besides Russian Federation might have interfered, and on Wednesday that he didn't think Russian Federation was still trying to interfere with US elections.
In the video, as Secretary Nielsen delivers her "both sides" remarks, echoing the infamous words of President Donald Trump last August, Alexander moves his head down, nearly as if he's embarrassed or ashamed of her comments.
Also on July 19, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said he asked two Senate committees to hold hearings on possible additional sanctions against Russian Federation over its alleged election interference.
-Suggesting that Trump administration's policies were not to blame for separating children from their parents entering the country illegally at the nation's southern border.
"Yes, I did. Yes, I did", Putin said when asked if he'd wanted Trump to win.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working to meet a court-set deadline to reunify migrant children with their parents next week but would not take shortcuts to do so, the head of the department said on Thursday. "I was just doing my job", Coats added. "Probably not the best thing to do", Coats said of that decision by Trump.
Nielsen condemned violence in all forms Thursday, but did not speak out specifically against white nationalism.