Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:38 PM
Subject: In Town Pool Report #2: Child Separation
President Trump took just a couple questions before the pool was ushered out of the Oval Office.
Asked about the policy of family separation, Trump pointed to the actions of his predecessor.
"Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children. Those cages that were shown--I think they were very inappropriate--were by President Obama's administration not by Trump. President Obama had child separation," the president said.
"Take a look. The press knows it. You know it. We all know it. I'm the one who stopped it. President Obama had child separation," he continued.
After condemning child separation and saying that he was not looking to reinstate the policy, Trump seemed to imply it was an effective means to stem border crossings.
"I'll tell you something, once you don't have it that's why you have many more people coming. They are coming like it's a picnic, like 'let's go to Disney Land.' President Obama separated children. I was the one who that changed it," Trump said.
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White House Reporter