Trump denies he’s purging Homeland Security officials

Trump denies he’s purging Homeland Security officials

President Donald Trump said he is not looking to resume a zero-tolerance child separation policy and denied that changes to the senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security are part of a systemic purge to enable the president to pursue a tougher immigration policy at the southern border. “I never said I'm cleaning house. I don't know who came with it, ” Trump lamented during a photo opportunity in the Oval Office with the Egyptian president Tuesday afternoon. “We've got a lot of good people over there. We have bad laws.” With reports swirling that the administration will accelerate deportations, Trump blamed President Barack Obama for instituting a child separation policy. “Obama separated the children, by the way. Just so you understand. President Obama separated the children, ” Trump claimed. .

“Those cages that were shown -- I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by President Obama's administration, not by Trump.” While it’s true that child separations occurred during the Obama administration, such as when there was suspicion of human trafficking, there was not a systematic policy that resulted in widespread separations. After taking office, Trump and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance" practice before eventually ending it amid widespread public outcry. Trump appeared to suggest that the zero-tolerance policy served as a strong deterrent to families crossing the border illegally. “I'm the one who stopped it, ” Trump said. “Once you don't have it, that's why you see many more people coming. .

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