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Trump Asked About Separating Children At The Border, Says Obama Did It, Too

Benny Johnson Columnist, Viral Politics

President Donald Trump said his predecessor, President Obama, had the same policy of separating migrant families, as the immigration issue again flares up at the southern border.

Trump was asked by reporters about the crisis on the southern border as he departed the White House Monday afternoon. Trump said he was comfortable with border agents tear gassing migrants at the border. “They were being rushed by some very tough people,” Trump said of the group that rushed the border Sunday, throwing rocks at border guards. “Nobody’s coming into our country unless they come in legally.”

Trump was asked immediately after about the policy of illegal immigrant child separation that he ended recently. The policy of family separation caused a major media firestorm for the Trump administration earlier this year.

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Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, run to cross Tijuana river near the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

“I’ll tell you what,” Trump said, “Obama had a separation policy. We all had the same policy. I tried to do it differently, but Obama had a separation policy, but people don’t like to talk about that.”

Photos from 2014 show dozens of children being held in caged detention centers, separated from their parents under Obama’s watch. (RELATED: New Images Show Exactly How Massive The Migrant Caravan Is)

When asked a similar question earlier in the fall, Trump said, “President Obama separated the children from the parents and nobody complained. When we continued the exact same law, this country went crazy. So we are going to continue and try to continue what we’re doing.”