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Before Executive Order, Trump Reportedly Said Separating Families Was a Good Deterrent: ‘My People Love It’

The New York Times has a behind-the-scenes look at the White House chatter prior to President Donald Trump signing an executive order to end family separation.

Publicly, Trump had said Congress (particularly the Democrats) should act on this, blaming them for the policy his administration put in place.

Privately, as the Times reports, Trump “repeatedly changed his mind” over what he actually wanted to do up until he eventually signed the order:

The president’s whiplash-inducing order caught several people by surprise. Just a day before Mr. Trump signed it, one person close to the president said that he told advisers that separating families at the border was the best deterrent to illegal immigration and that he said that “my people love it.”

But now that the executive order is signed, and officials are trying to carry it out, Trump has gone back to going after the Democrats on immigration, saying they just want to obstruct:

You can read the full report here.

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