Fox News Anchor Baffled By Trump’s Claims About Border: ‘It’s Very Difficult’ to Fact Check Him
A Fox News anchor and reporter reacted to President Donald Trump‘s White House remarks on immigration by questioning some of his claims about the southern border.
“It’s very difficult to try and fact check the president’s remarks in real time,” Fox News anchor Arthel Neville said. “A couple of things jumped out at me,” she noted, citing Trump’s claim that migrants are giving their children birth control pills.
“Many loving mothers give their young daughters birth control pills for the long journey up to the United States, because they know they may be raped or sexual assaulted,” Trump said in his speech.
“There was that, Arthel, and then there was the claim that one out of three women that come across the border, that try and come across the border, are sexual assaulted,” John Decker, Fox News Radio White House correspondent, said. “I haven’t seen that figure coming from anywhere, actually.”
“This is something that I haven’t seen in any kind of reporting so far,” he added.
The Fox News reporters aren’t the only ones confused by Trump’s claims.
PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor called for a fact check of the birth control anecdote.
President Trump is now saying many immigrant mothers give their daughters birth control pills for the journey to America because they know might be raped. Fact check anyone? We need one.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 19, 2019
Trump’s claim that one in three women are sexually assaulted on the trek to the southern border is, however, supported by data. Studies on the dangerous trek have found many migrants experience violence, and nearly one third of women said they were sexually abused, per CNN.
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