Apparently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will go as far as denying facts when it comes to border security to avoid addressing the problem head-on.
During a Wednesday meeting between Democratic leaders and members of Presiden Donald Trump’s administration, the speaker openly rejected facts that were being presented to her by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the two had a brief exchange after Nielsen read statistics about the border and the amount of crime related to illegal immigration.
“I reject your facts,” Pelosi said to Nielsen at the time.
“These aren’t my facts,” the secretary then responded. “These are the facts.”
This meeting showed the frustration of both sides and their unwillingness to move toward a compromise as the partial government shutdown continues while lawmakers fail to reach a deal on funding the president’s proposed border wall.
As IJR Red reported, Nielsen took to Twitter to speak out about Democrats’ refusal to consider a solution after the unsuccessful meeting:
I am disappointed that Dems did not want to hear from @DHSgov about the security & humanitarian crisis we are facing at the border. They didn’t want to hear about criminal aliens, drug smugglers, smuggled & abused children or violent caravans trying to breach the border wall.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) January 3, 2019
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also slammed the statistics and cited the lower number of apprehensions as a reason for the numbers being wrong.
“It was preposterous,” Durbin said in an interview with Bloomberg after the meeting. “At a time when we have the lowest level of apprehensions at the border — stopping people from coming in illegally — the lowest level historically, she is saying that we have all these terrorists and criminals and all these people on their way in.”
Pelosi also attempted to accuse the administration of getting the results by marking everyone who crossed the border illegally as having a criminal record. This was strongly denied by the Trump administration.
Although President Trump has threatened to call a state of emergency in order to get funding for the wall, a group of lawmakers will meet on Saturday to continue discussions on ending the government shutdown after failing to reach a deal at another “contentious” meeting on Friday.