On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen said she was "unaware of any intelligence assessment concluding that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election" according to the Huffington Post.
Speaking about the assessment by the FBI, CIA, and NSA that Putin had made direct efforts to interfere in the election to get Trump nominated, Nielsen told CNN's Manu Raju, "I don’t believe that I have seen that conclusion. That the specific intent was to help President Trump win ― I’m not aware of that, but I do generally have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment.”
Nielsen was at Capitol Hill on Tuesday to discuss the nature of election security with members of Congress. While speaking, Nielsen said of Russia's intents, “We’ve seen them encourage people to go to a protest on one side. We’ve seen them simultaneously encourage to people to go the same protest on the other side. I think what they are trying to do is to disrupt our belief and our own understanding of what’s happening... It’s an integrity issue of who is saying what and why and how that may or may not affect American behavior.”
Multiple people had things to say about Nielsen's unfamiliarity with the report. Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said, "The fact that she did not seem aware of the report’s findings while briefing members of Congress on the very important topic of election security is appalling to all who have tried to make progress on this issue since 2016 with little help from Republicans or this Administration... I sincerely hope the Secretary’s comments today were not just rhetorical gymnastics to placate the President.”
Twitter users also fled to social media to rag on Nielsen. One person wrote, "The Sec of Homeland Security Nielsen apparently never reads or listens to any news as she has not seen any intel reports that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump."
The Sec of Homeland Security Nielsen apparently never reads or listens to any news as she has not seen any intel reports that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump— Freedom Forever 🇺🇸 (@WayneWi20770958) May 23, 2018
Either that, or she is so cowed by Trump she’ll lie to avoid upsetting Tyrant Trump#TrumpColluded
Another commented, "Is Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Secretary for real? She is either the second best liar after Trump or she is the most uninformed, incompetent person in the Cabinet. She didn't know Russia interfered with the election? She doesn't hear well either. What a joke she is."
Seems that the Secretary of Homeland Security has found herself in some hot water, and no one seems intent on letting that cool down just yet.
H/T: Huffington Post