WATCH: Cuomo Grills Ken Cuccinelli Over Bahamian Gang Claim
In early September, the island nation of The Bahamas was devastated by Hurricane Dorian. The United States initially planned on taking in refugees in from the island with or without identity verification. Donald Trump changed this plan by asking that all refugees show complete and proper documentation.
The President claimed that the US had to protect against drug dealers and gang members using the hurricane as a means to enter the country. On Thursday night, CNN’s Chris Cuomo grilled acting Director of Homeland Security, Ken Cuccinelli, about Trump’s claims.
Trump said as the time, “I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers.”
Cuomo told Cuccinelli that his sources say there is no “meat on the bones” of Trump’s claims. He continued, “And the only one we know of being denied was not a group of drug dealers. They were mostly people with their kids trying to get in.”
Cuccinelli was not forthcoming, saying, “Yes. I don’t – I don’t have anything to add to this subject. Obviously, we always want to be vetting people, no matter what the circumstances.”
The host pressed, “well what is the proof of what he alleged?” Cuccinelli again was evasive, telling Cuomo, “I just told you that as Acting Director of USCIS, I don’t have any additional information on that. I think that answers the question.”
You can watch a video of the exchange below, courtesy of CNN: