Posted by Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
POTUS Trump blasts ‘exaggerated’ reports about conditions in migrant detention centers, tells media to ‘go and see them’
Increasingly fed up with mainstream media reports claiming all kinds of horrible things are being done by government agents to illegal alien migrants housed in detention centers, POTUS Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted the latest report from The New York Times and demanded that reporters actually visit the facilities.
The paper published a story Sunday about a detention center in Clint, Texas, which a team of reporters called a “secretive site” and that “men and women who work there were grappling with the stuff of nightmares.”
The president angrily dismissed the report as fiction.
“I’m going to start showing some of the detention centers because — to the press. I want the press to go in and see them. And I just spoke to Mark Morgan. And I just spoke with, as you know, Kevin. So we’re going send people in. We’re going to have some of the press go in and see them, because they’re crowded and we’re the ones who were complaining about they’re crowded. They’re crowded because people come up,” Trump said Sunday, according to a White House media pool report.
“But, now, thanks to Mexico, it’s slowing down greatly, and I think you’ll start seeing some very good numbers. But it is crowded. But we want to have the press go in and see because, you know, the New York Times — it really is fake news,” he said.
In addition, the president also sent a series of tweets criticizing the Times story.
“The Fake News Media, in particular the Failing @nytimes, is writing phony and exaggerated accounts of the Border Detention Centers. First of all, people should not be entering our Country illegally, only for us to then have to care for them. We should be allowed to focus on United States Citizens first. Border Patrol, and others in Law Enforcement, have been doing a great job,” Trump tweeted.
“We said there was a Crisis – the Fake News & the Dems said it was ‘manufactured.’ Now all agree we were right, but they always knew that. They are crowded (which we brought up, not them) because the Dems won’t change the Loopholes and Asylum. Big Media Con Job!” he tweeted.
….United States Citizens first. Border Patrol, and others in Law Enforcement, have been doing a great job. We said there was a Crisis – the Fake News & the Dems said it was “manufactured.” Now all agree we were right, but they always knew that. They are crowded (which we…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2019
….brought up, not them) because the Dems won’t change the Loopholes and Asylum. Big Media Con Job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2019
The president said he reviewed the Times story for accuracy with other White House staff.
“Yeah, I think The New York Times story is a hoax. I think anything The New York Times writes nowadays – they’re — they’re really — you know, they use the word ‘unhinged’ — The New York Times,” he said Sunday.
“I call it the ‘failing New York Times‘ for a reason. Check out their unfunded liability and see what they’re worth. They’re a failing — they’re already a failed New York Times,” he said.
“But when they write a story like that, I went to my people, and they said, ‘Sir, it’s not true.’ We told them about a crisis. They said it was ‘manufactured.’ They laughed and they scoffed for months, and then it turned out that it wasn’t manufactured. It’s a crisis. We were right about that,” he said.
POTUS admitted that the immigration system along the border including detention facilities are overwhelmed, adding that he’s been saying so for months — but Democrats have refused to work with his administration and with Republicans on solutions.
“We told them that the detention centers are really full, and they’ve got to change the loopholes and they have to change asylum; they have to change the immigration laws. We could do it quickly, but we have no votes to do it because the Democrats won’t vote. We need some of their votes,” he said.
As usual, buried in the Times report are nuggets of truth, such as this one: “So far, investigators have found little evidence to substantiate allegations of misconduct. But they have found that the facility is several times over capacity and has horrendous conditions.”
And this one: “The station was never intended to hold more than about a hundred adult men, and it was designed with the idea that migrants would be detained for only a few hours of processing before being transferred to other locations.”
It’s hard to see this kind of reporting as anything other than an attempt not just to opposed the president’s immigration enforcement policies, but to whip up public anger and resentment as well, which is already leading some Americans on the Left to commit acts of violence.
And let us never forget that even President Obama’s DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson agrees there is a crisis on the border.
This article originally appeared at The National Sentinel and was republished with permission.
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