I never had much respect for Kirstjen Nielsen, but Jesus this is completely indefensible.
Courtesy of The Guardian:
Donald Trump “abused”, “harassed” and “pestered” his homeland security secretary over immigration policy, demanding that the US border be closed, a new book reveals.
And when the then secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, warned the president that shutting down the border would be illegal, the then attorney general, Jeff Sessions, approved the radical measure – despite it being against the law.
Trump’s obsession with curbing border crossings and building a wall is laid bare in A Very Stable Genius, written by the Washington Post journalists Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, which is being published by Penguin and a copy of which was obtained by the Guardian.
Nielsen was sworn in as the sixth homeland security secretary in December 2017, succeeding John Kelly, who became White House chief of staff. It was a thankless task under a president with obsessive tunnel vision on illegal immigration. Trump habitually complained to aides that Nielsen was not doing enough to tackle the problem, the book recounts.
“In some instances, the volatile president was verbally and emotionally abusive toward Nielsen,” the authors write. “‘Kirstjen, you’re just not tough enough,’ Trump would tell her. Trump complained Nielsen did not “look the part” of homeland security secretary.
“He made fun of her and believed that at about five feet four inches she was not physically intimidating. ‘She’s so short,’ Trump would tell others about Nielsen. She and Kelly would try to make light of it. Kelly would rib her and say, ‘But you’ve got those little fists of fury!’”
Get a load of some of the shit that Nielsen had to endure:
Trump assailed Nielsen in front of about two dozen administration officials over an increase in illegal border crossings. The president was “red faced” and launched an “explosive, extended tirade”, according to the book.
He “harassed” her with angry phone calls, sometimes waking her at 5am, and “pestered” her late at night. He often called her after watching the Fox Business host Lou Dobbs complain about illegal immigration and offer wildly unrealistic policy prescriptions.
“The president would routinely call Nielsen to say a version of ‘Did you see Lou Dobbs? You’re totally fucking embarrassing me. This is my issue!’… Sometimes, Trump would refer to one of Dobbs’s proposals and say, ‘Kirstjen, just do it. Just do it.’ ‘But we can’t do it,’ Nielsen would explain, usually because whatever Dobbs had uttered on TV was against the law.”
No wonder that lady always looked like she was about to scurry out of the room at any moment.
We, of course, have heard about this kind of abuse from Trump before, but even for him this seems especially disgusting.