MSNBC’s Ruhle fires back at ‘Fox & Friends’ over ‘propaganda’ about migrant children

MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle on Friday slammed "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade for spreading "propaganda" about the policy that separates families that illegally cross the U.S. border, saying the argument that anyone is putting the life a migrant child ahead of an American one is "simply nonsense."

In his defense of President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE's "zero tolerance" policy, Kilmeade said on Friday morning that people are treating migrant children as if they are more important than "people in our country who pay taxes and have needs as well."

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"Like it or not, these are not our kids," he said. "Show them compassion, but it's not like he's doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country."

Ruhle took issue with the comment, arguing that she doesn't think anyone is declaring the life of someone from a U.S. state "means less than someone on the other side of the border."

She added that Fox News should address the government money that is “being flushed down a toilet for this political theater.”

“So please ... your propaganda that anyone is putting the life of a migrant child ahead of the life of an American child is simply nonsense,” Ruhle said. 

Ruhle's criticism of Kilmeade comes two days after Trump signed an executive order to end the practice of separately detaining children from their parents at the border. The administration began implementing the policy on a widespread basis when it began prosecuting all adults crossing the border illegally. However, it remains unclear how the thousands of families who were separated because of the policy will be reunited. 

Trump tweeted on Friday that "we cannot allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections. Obama and others had the same pictures, and did nothing about it!" 

Congress is struggling to reach a compromise on immigration reform that would include enhanced border security, a mandate Trump has demanded from any legislation that reaches his desk. 

Despite ending the family separation policy, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin Top Democrats request meeting with intel chief over sharing of classified info Schiff: Trump should cancel meeting with Putin since he 'lacks courage to confront him' MORE (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenMexico's president presses Pompeo on reuniting migrant families Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders Trump administration says it has completed reunifying migrant kids under 5 MORE privately told lawmakers that the practice could still continue. Schiff urged lawmakers to make sure this never happens.