Yesterday President Trump continued to shift blame away from the policy his administration recently adopted, forcing US border agents to separate undocumented immigrant children from their parents at our southern border. During a sudden, impromptu press conference on the White House’s front lawn yesterday morning, Trump made the following statement when asked about this much criticized policy:
“The Democrats forced that law upon our nation. I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children. The Democrats can come to us as they actually are, in all fairness — we are talking to them, and they can change the whole border security. We need a wall. We need border security. We’ve got to get rid of catch and release.”
The problem with this statement is that it’s an outright lie. The law, which the Trump Administration’s new policy is based on, was actually implemented by President Bush, and the way this law is enforced is entirely up to the current administration, who has specifically made it a point to separate these families. Trump can literally sign a piece of paper and change this policy, without having an impact on any laws. He instead appears to be using these children as leverage in order to obtain concessions for his immigration reform plan and border wall.
Last night, during a panel, CNN’s Don Lemon asked former Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes his thoughts on these statements by the President, and things got very heated, very quickly.
Lemon started the panel off, which also included CNN’s Van Jones, by asking Cortes why the President continues this lie. It escalated quickly, with Cortes continuing to try and spin Trump’s lie into something that it’s not — the truth.
“I want to hear your side, but I think you are being incredibly disrespectful when you come on, and I ask you a very simply direct question, that’s so easy to answer, and you sit here and you spin and you lie to my face,” Lemon stated at one point during the panel.
The entire segment can be viewed below: