“President Trump on Sunday slammed CBS’s ‘60 Minutes’ over [a] report about his administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy, which resulted in the separation of thousands of children from their parents at the southern border,” reports Emily Birnbaum on the website of The Hill.
Trump gave his response to the news segment through two tweets:
“.@60Minutes did a phony story about child separation when they know we had the exact same policy as the Obama Administration. In fact a picture of children in jails was used by other Fake Media to show how bad (cruel) we are, but it was in 2014 during O years. Obama separated….”
“….children from parents, as did Bush etc., because that is the policy and law. I tried to keep them together but the problem is, when you do that, vast numbers of additional people storm the Border. So with Obama seperation is fine, but with Trump it’s not. Fake 60 Minutes!”
Writes Birnbaum at The Hill, “Trump has repeatedly asserted, misleadingly, that his administration’s policy is the same as former President Obama’s. While the Obama administration did separate some children from their parents at the border, it was not a ‘zero tolerance’ policy and did not happen with the same frequency as it did under Trump.”
The Hill also notes that “The ‘60 Minutes’ report included an interview with Scott Shuchart, a former senior adviser to the officer for civil rights and civil liberties at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Shuchart told CBS that the policy was pushed through from the top without insight from DHS officials.”
To see the “60 Minutes” segment about Trump’s child separation policy, please click here.