Nielsen confirmed Trump’s tone while testifying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Nielsen whether Trump had used the vulgarity to describe the countries “or a substantially similar word.”
“I did not hear that word used,” Nielsen told members of the committee.
When Leahy asked again, Nielsen said, “The conversation was very impassioned. I don’t dispute that the president was using tough language. Others in the room were also using tough language.”
“The president used tough language in general, as did other congressmen in the room, yes sir,” she said later, when Leahy pressed her again.