Former Trump WH Official on Border Crisis: ‘Terrible Optics for the Administration’
Former Trump Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert on the fallout over family separation: "This week has just been gripping imagery and terrible optics for the administration. Part of this was avoidable" https://t.co/MkYJi3m7E8 #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/BwxMsv3WbF
— ABC News (@ABC) June 24, 2018
Tom Bossert, who served as White House homeland security adviser under President Trump, said this morning that the border crisis has been “terrible optics for the administration.”
President Trump signed an executive order to stop family separations, but the outcry over treatment of people––especially children––detained at the border continues.
“This week has just been gripping imagery and terrible optics for the administration,” Bossert told George Stephanopoulos. “Part of this was avoidable.”
He said from the outset, “we didn’t have the capacity to detain these parents and children together or separately.”
Stephanopoulos brought up what current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said about considering family separation early last year. Bossert said, “What he decided was not to do that. In fact, that’s part of the confusion in messaging this week and a real failure not to go out and clarify that.”
The President himself, meanwhile, is still going after Democrats on this issue:
Democrats, fix the laws. Don’t RESIST. We are doing a far better job than Bush and Obama, but we need strength and security at the Border! Cannot accept all of the people trying to break into our Country. Strong Borders, No Crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2018
Watch above, via ABC.
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