The disturbing scenes from the southern border of the United States as migrant families, including women and small children, were sprayed with tear gas stunned the nation.
Answering questions from reporters while at the White House, Trump was asked to give his thoughts after seeing those children running and suffering from the tear gas border agents sprayed them with.
‘Well, I say why were they there? I mean, the tear gas is a very minor form of the tear gas itself. It’s very safe.’
This is horrendous.
Reporter: How do you feel seeing images of women & children running from tear gas.
Trump: Well, I do say why are they there? I mean…the tear gas is a very minor form of the tear gas itself. It's very safe.pic.twitter.com/VyG23PGCj4
— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@SaysHummingbird) November 27, 2018
One has to wonder if that gas is safe enough that Trump would feel comfortable having it sprayed inside the White House or in the homes where his children and grandchildren live. There is no such thing as “safe” tear gas, especially not when it’s lobbed at small children.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 27, 2018
One Newsweek reporter who traveled with the caravan reported on the scene these people faced when reaching the U.S. border after walking 1,000 miles, some with babies and children on their backs.
‘Though the migrants travel thousands of miles to reach the U.S.-Mexican border, a policy enacted by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes it difficult for them to seek asylum. Additionally, the Trump administration militarized the border and made the caravan of migrants a focal point of the recent midterm elections…[and] he threatened to close the border permanently, unless Mexico deports asylum seekers: “Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it any way you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A.,” he tweeted.’
As thousands of people continue the nearly 1,000-mile trek to the US border, here's a glimpse into the lives of those who left everything behind to join the migrant caravan https://t.co/ecpT9z1OmQ pic.twitter.com/Gz6b0zgDhz
— CNN (@CNN) November 26, 2018
There was no reason for the scene that greeted these people as they risked everything to bring their children to safety and a better life. Although they tried to come in legally under federal asylum processes in which an immigrant presents themselves at an approved checkpoint and applies for asylum status, Trump barred them from doing so even though a court order declared doing so illegal.
Migrant Caravan: US shuts crossing after rush on Tijuana border
Now Mexico plans to deport 500 people who tried to cross into the US illegally https://t.co/L0gsWme1JC
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— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 26, 2018
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