Donald Trump has lashed out at President Joe Biden, calling his border policies ‘scandalous’ and ‘inhumane’ after Biden accused him of ‘starving’ migrant children.
At his press conference on Thursday, Biden had said, “ The idea that I’m going to say what I would never do, if an unaccompanied child ends up at the border, let’s just starve them to death and stay on the other side – no previous governments did. neither, except Trump. ‘
“ First of all, it’s the exact opposite, ” Trump said in response to Biden’s comment in an interview with Fox news host Laura Ingraham.
By the time we were done with what we were doing [on the border]very few people came forward knowing they wouldn’t get through. We stopped ‘catching and releasing’ – which was a disaster, ‘Trump said.
‘What they are doing now is outrageous. And they need to finish the wall, ” he added regarding a massive increase in illegal border crossings, particularly by unaccompanied minors, which has overwhelmed Border Patrol in recent weeks.
Donald Trump has lashed out at President Joe Biden, calling his border policy ‘scandalous’ and ‘inhumane’ after Biden accused him of ‘starving migrant children’
President Joe Biden suggested Trump is ‘starving’ migrant children at border
“What you see now is inhumane,” Trump said of hastily built migrant reception facilities that are well above capacity. “An enormous number of children, they live in misery on each other.”
‘That’s why they don’t let the press in. We’re letting the press in … but they live in very dangerous conditions, ” Trump added.
“They must not destroy our country, and on the southern border they are destroying our country,” Trump continued.
Trump also turned down the White House press for “ softball ” questions at Biden’s first press conference.
“There were strange questions and they were asked in a really interesting way, they were softballs,” he said. “It’s very sad to see, they ask them questions, they are easy questions.”
Trump also remained wary of the possibility of forming his own social media platform, after being banned from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in January in response to the uprising in the Capitol.
“I have many options,” he said. “Maybe we’ll open our own platform.”
Trump, however, sounded noncommittal, again praising his new way of making press statements as superior to tweeting.
“I almost like what I’m doing now,” he said about issuing press statements. “You do less and you do better.”
Trump has torn Biden’s White House over what he called an “ absolute embarrassment ” at a summit with Chinese officials in Anchorage, Alaska, last week.
National security adviser Jacob Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a diplomatic meeting with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, who harshly berated the American side for racial divisions and unrest in the country.
‘We’ve never seen anything like it … That was an absolute embarrassment for our country. I couldn’t believe it, ” Trump said of the meeting.
‘We should have run away. No one ever talked to my group that way, no one ever talked to me that way, I can tell you. ‘
Stephen Miller, the chief architect of much of Trump’s immigration policy, also condemned Biden in a separate interview for suggesting that Trump was ‘starving’ migrant children at the border.
“What Joe Biden said at that press conference is an odious lie,” said Stephen Miller. It’s not just a slander against President Trump. It’s a defamation against the patriotic border agents
“What Joe Biden said at that press conference is an odious lie,” Miller said Fox newsIt’s not just a slander against President Trump. It is a defamation against the patriotic border agents who saved the lives, saved unaccompanied minors and brought them home safely. ‘
Miller defended the Trump administration’s policy of returning unaccompanied minors to their countries of origin and accused Biden’s administration of actually “ separating families. ”
“ If you came here from Honduras at 15 and Border Patrol arrested you, they would treat you, put you on a charter flight paid for by the US government, send you back to your home country, meet with social services in Honduras, work then join our State Department to get you back into your own family, ”Miller said of Trump’s policy.
Joe Biden separates these families, leaves them in the United States, and sends the message not just to Central America, but to the whole world that if you split your family off, if you send someone here 17 or younger alone, they will. will also do. stay here for life, ‘he added.
‘To be [Biden’s] the administration has written to end the reunification policy we had to return unaccompanied minors to their home countries, wherever they come from, ”Miller continued.
‘He [Biden] that policy is canceled in writing, that is not in dispute. I don’t think he knows if his staff is lying to him so he can deceive the country, ”Miller said.
Migrants lie on mattresses in a temporary processing facility for migrants, including unaccompanied minors, in Donna, Texas in a handout photo from the Biden administration
“ We didn’t need surge facilities to hold tens, hundreds of thousands of people as we go now because we had a process to send them back – be it to Mexico, Central America, or elsewhere. He [Biden] dismantled that process, invited the wave, and now he has nowhere to put them, “Miller said.
Miller is seen as the mastermind of the ‘zero tolerance’ policy during the Trump administration that saw all illegal border crossers arrested, separating parents from children. The policy was withdrawn after fierce opposition.
Biden said on Thursday that he would not apologize for reversing his Republican predecessor’s immigration policies that undermined “ human dignity ” and dismissed criticism that migrants made the trip to the southern border because they saw him as a “ nice guy. ”
Although he usually took an empathetic tone, he said the United States expelled the vast majority of migrants, including families, under a COVID-19 public health order.
The Trump-era order allows border agents to quickly expel migrants without giving them a chance to seek asylum, but it has angered civil rights groups who say it is illegal.
The number of migrants caught at the border has soared in recent weeks, plunging Biden into an emerging humanitarian and political crisis just over two months after taking office.
Migrant families seeking asylum and unaccompanied minors from Central America seek refuge in a makeshift U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center in Texas
Migrants include an increasing number of unaccompanied minors who are not subject to pandemic-related expulsion policies.
As of Tuesday, nearly 5,000 children were supported at overcrowded border stations awaiting transfers to overwhelmed federal shelters.
Biden said he would not leave children at the border.
“I do not apologize for ending programs that did not exist before Trump became president and that are having an incredibly negative impact on the law, international law and human dignity,” he said.
US Border Patrol caught about 100,000 migrants at the border in February, the highest monthly level since a peak in mid-2019.
Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas said last week that illegal border crossings are on track for the highest level in 20 years.