President Donald Trump tweeted a video Thursday of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, calling the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border a “crisis.”
Trump addressed the fact that he is being criticized for calling the border situation a “crisis” while talking to reporters on Thursday morning, and pointed out that the former president used the same language. (RELATED: Pence Addresses Immigration ‘Crisis’ With Faith Leaders On Conference Call)
The president hammered the point again by tweeting out a video of Obama stating that there is a “humanitarian crisis on the border” from 2014.
“We now have an actual humanitarian crisis on the border that underscores the need to drop the politics and fix our immigration system once and for all,” Obama said at the time.
President Obama, thank you for your great support – I have been saying this all along! pic.twitter.com/L506g9Aq4z
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2019
The Washington Post, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, and numerous other media outlets similarly referred to an immigration “crisis” in 2014. At the time, tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children were apprehended at the southern border. According to data from the White House, 50,036 unaccompanied children were apprehended in 2018.
The president is traveling to the border in McAllen, Texas on Thursday to meet with local officials about how best to curb illegal immigration. The trip comes amid the third week of the partial government shutdown over wall funding.