CNN host Dana Bash asked DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday to respond to Donald Trump’s claim that the Biden White House was letting migrants across the border in order to change “electoral dynamics” of the U.S.

“Donald Trump yesterday suggested that on the campaign trail that President Biden has a deliberate strategy to let migrants across the border because, he says, President Biden wants to ‘overthrow the United States’ and ‘nullify the will of the actual American voters and establish a new base of power that gives them control for generations,'” Bash asked. “What’s your reaction to that?”

Mayorkas cited the Hatch Act at first and didn’t answer the question. Bash said she would re-ask the question in a way he could answer the question.

“Is it the policy of the Biden administration to allow as many migrants to come across the border in order to change the political dynamics, the electoral dynamics, of America?” she said.

Mayorkas confidently responded, “of course not.”

“And the facts indicate that is absolutely false. Since May of this year, of last year, we have removed or returned more individuals than in any year since 2015. And we haven’t even run 12 months over the last three years. We’ve removed, returned or expelled more people than in all four years of the prior administration,” he said.

Mayorkas added, “You know, the facts matter. And the rhetoric, we should brush aside.”

The DHS secretary also responded to a question about an “SNL” sketch that depicted him defending Biden against concerns about his age.

“We all need a little comic relief now and then. I thought George Clooney did a terrific job,” Mayorkas said, cracking a joke of his own. In reality, Marcello Hernández played Mayorkas.

Bash noted that the joke has a kernel of truth, in that a number of Americans are concerned about Biden’s age, while administration officials tend to point to supposed examples of the president’s vitality not seen by the public. Mayorkas continued this trend in response to Bash.

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