Trump blasts Democrats as 'phony' over child separation stories

The dramatic audio, first reported by ProPublica and later provided to The Associated Press, roiled the national debate over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" approach to border crossings.

President Donald Trump's order to stop separating migrant children from their parents spread confusion along the border, with officials still working on a plan to reunite families while sending conflicting signals about the state of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy. The accompanying article incorrectly stated the girl had been carried away from her mother, screaming.

"It's shameful that dems [Democrats] and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda". She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts.

"Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world", Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump has vowed to secure US' global borders and prevent people from illegally entering America, and said that he wants only those based on merit to come inside the country, amid a major immigration row. "Obama and others had the same pictures, and did nothing about it!"

In another tweet Friday, Trump backed off calling on Congress to act on immigration, telling Republicans not to be "wasting their time" trying to pass legislation before the November midterms.

Trump himself travelled to Capitol Hill Tuesday to make the case that Congress should pass either of two bills that have been under consideration, and on Wednesday postponed the annual Congressional Picnic that had been scheduled for Thursday at the White House so that lawmakers could work to pass them.

House rejects hard-right immigration bill; compromise package in jeopardy, too
President Trump has, through White House officials, expressed his support for both pieces of legislation. Critics warn the order will lead to the indefinite detention of entire families.

She said she checked Twitter afterward and saw that as the president and families were speaking, the networks were running scrawls challenging what they were saying.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says it's "important" that his chamber shows it's addressing the issue, which is an important one to voters. And I said, 'If this ever happens, we're never forgetting you.' You know that, Laura, everybody.

They also follow on days of congressional wrangling as GOP leadership had been hoping Trump could help sell immigration legislation to wary members.

On Friday morning, the president tweeted about the "phony stories of sadness and grief" coming from the US-Mexico border - a clear attempt to undermine media reports of traumatised undocumented immigrant families separated by US officials.

But one by one, Trump brought up family members to speak at a podium before an audience of law-enforcement officers. "We'll not rest until our border is secure, our citizens are safe and we finally end the immigration crisis once and for all", he said.

Trump could face renewed criticism if thousands of immigrant children are soon sent to be housed on military bases.

"Regarding the President, the bottom line is that he will sign the bill into law". But the bill was delayed to Friday before being pushed back to next week.

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