Trump’s Attack on 60 Minutes Child Separation Episode Met With Fact-Checks: ‘This is a Lie’


President Donald Trump raged at an episode of 60 Minutes on Sunday night, accusing the CBS News show of “phony” coverage of his child separation policy.

In two tweets, Trump falsely claimed that his administration “had the exact same policy” as former President Barack Obama.

“So with Obama seperation [sic] is fine, but with Trump it’s not,” Trump wrote. “Fake 60 Minutes!”

One of the focuses of the 60 Minutes episode was explaining why Trump’s policy of child separation was a drastic departure from Obama’s border policy. The show also found, based on an order from the Department of Homeland Security, that child separation began “nine months earlier than the administration acknowledged.”

Fact-checks and condemnation of Trump’s tweet quickly rolled in:

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