While speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump falsely claimed that Obama had child separation policies and that he changed it.
Trump falsely blames Obama for child seperation policy
Trump said, “Obama separated the children, by the way. Just so you understand. President Obama separated the children. Those cages that were shown. I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by President Obama’s administration, not by Trump. President Obama had child separation. Take a look. The press knows it. You know it. We all know it. I’m the one that stopped it. President Obama had child separation. I’ll tell you something. Once you don’t have it, that’s why you see many more people coming. They’re coming like it’s a let’s go to Disney land. President Obama separated children. They had child separation. I changed it. Thank you very much.”
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) April 9, 2019
Obama had no child seperation policy
The AP fact-checked a similar Trump claim and concluded, “Obama did not have a separation policy. The Trump administration didn’t, explicitly, either, but that was the effect of zero tolerance, which meant that anyone caught crossing the border illegally was to be criminally prosecuted, even if they had few or no previous offences. The policy meant adults were taken to court for criminal proceedings and their children were separated. In most cases, if the charge took longer than 72 hours to process, which is the longest time that children can be held by Customs and Border Protection, children were sent into the care of the Health and Human Services Department. Zero tolerance remains in effect, but Trump signed an executive order June 20 that stopped separations.”
Trump also denied that there is a purge happening at the DHS or that he intends separate children from their parents because he believes that is a deterrent to migration. When all else fails, Trump goes back to the old Republican standby of blaming Obama. In this case, Trump is blaming Obama for a policy that was entirely his own creation, and that he is lusting to illegally return to.
For more on Trump’s immigration crimes watch the latest episode of Politicus News with Sarah Jones:
For more discussion about this story join our Rachel Maddow and MSNBC group.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association