President Donald Trump stood in front of the White House with reporters on Friday and claimed that he hated the law that separated children from their parents down at the border, but that he couldn’t do anything about it without the Democrats (who are apparently controlling everything).
Yes, he really said that. See the video below.
The discussion began when one reporter asked him if he agreed with children being taken away from their parents. Trump replied, “No, I hate it.”
He then clarified his comments:
I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. It’s their law.”
A female reporter in the crowd yelled out: “Mr. President, that’s your policy.”
That’s the Democrats law. We can change it tonight. We can change it tonight. We can change it right now.”
Trump then went on to explain that even though Republicans control both the House and the Senate, he can’t get 60 votes. And also said an executive order wouldn’t be possible in this situation.
Here’s a weird quote he made, too: “The children can be taken care of quickly, beautifully, and immediately. The Democrats forced that law on our nation. I hate to see children taken away from their parents.”
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) June 15, 2018
There are a couple problems with Trump’s assertions, though, if he wants America to believe this is all the Democrats doing, and he can’t get enough votes.
For one – this started when Trump’s Justice Department (part of the executive branch) adopted the policy of referring all illegal border crossers for prosecution.
Republicans in Congress have even asked the White House to stop it.
Case in point: Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) said “I am asking the White House to keep families together as much as we can.”
Sometimes I have time to answer constituent phonecalls in my office. This time, I talked to Tim from Purcell about the separation of families at the border. I let him know that I am asking the White House to keep families together as much as we can. pic.twitter.com/8T0FRBJglD
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) June 14, 2018
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has even decried the practice.
We don’t want kids to be separated from their parents,” Ryan said Thursday.
So, how is Trump blaming this on the Democrats?
The truth is, Trump can stop the practice at any time, says Nancy Pelosi. She called the practice ‘barbaric’ and said “It has to stop.”
Trump may not like the policy but he’s refusing to change it because he does want something from the Democrats and Congress: more funding for his wall (that Mexico isn’t paying for) and more laws on the books that would be anti-immigration for the United States. He doesn’t have the votes to get what he wants so he’s going to hold onto this as a bargaining chip for now.