The California senator and Homeland Security secretary probably won’t be hanging out anytime soon.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Department of Homeland Security John Kelly engaged in a testy, unfriendly exchange over the issue of sanctuary cities at a Senate Homeland Security hearing on Tuesday.
Harris pressed Kelly over his insistence that local law enforcement agencies comply with federal immigration laws, and his proposal to withhold federal grants from precincts that do not comply.
Kelly first began to explain his position on the civil liability issue, before Harris cut him off to label the choice facing local law enforcement as “Hobbesian.”
“Had you not cut me off, I would have said the same thing you just said, probably not as eloquently,” Kelly responded.
After Kelly described his work with local law enforcement as “below the radar,” Harris asked what he meant by that phrase.
The DHS secretary attempted to explain the phrase before Harris sharply interjected, “[e]xcuse me, sir!”
After Harris finally finished talking, Kelly tried again to discuss his relationship with local law enforcement. The California senator interrupted throughout his answer, speaking over him.
“Could you at least let me finish once, before you interrupt me?” Kelly shot at her.
“Sir, with all due respect,” Harris responded, surprised.
“With all due respect, Senator,” Kelly repeated, as he leaned back in his chair.
Stunned, Harris stared at Kelly for a few seconds before continuing with her questioning.
Once again, Kelly tried to answer Harris’s question, before the progressive darling interrupted him again.
“Would you let me finish once, Senator?” Kelly asked angrily.
“Excuse me, but I’m asking the questions,” Harris responded.
“But I’m trying to answer the question,” the Homeland Security secretary shot back.
Eventually Kelly was able to get out a sufficient, full answer to Harris’s questions.
Harris, a newly-elected senator from California, has been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2020. As a member of ‘the resistance,’ Harris has opposed virtually all of President Trump’s cabinet nominees.
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