Ex-ethics chief: Melania Trump's visit to migrant shelter a 'flim flam con job'

Former federal ethics chief Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubLouisiana House candidate fundraises off opponent's tweet about wife's 'premonition' dream Trump breaks with precedent on second night of convention Democratic senators call for ethics review into Ivanka Trump's Goya tweet MORE blasted first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump rips Biden in scramble to win Pennsylvania Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy Melania Trump to hit campaign trail in Pennsylvania MORE's trip to the border on Thursday, calling her tour of a facility used to house migrant children "a load of crap."

"This photo op press conference is a load of crap! This is the biggest flim flam con job! Shame on everyone involved!" Shaub tweeted.

"No talk about how they're going to return kids whose parents have been deported. No explanation of how identities are recorded and their parents are tracked," he added.


Shaub issued several more tweets slamming the first lady's visit to the facility, accusing staff of offering deceptive answers and calling Melania Trump's visit "pure propaganda." 

The first lady made the surprise trip to Texas on Thursday, one day after her husband signed an executive order halting family separations at the border. Melania Trump had previously expressed concerns with the policy.

She was scheduled to visit two facilities while in Texas. The first is a social services center in McAllen, while the other is a customs and border processing center, her office said. 

When she arrived at the McAllen facility, the first lady sat in what appeared to be a classroom and spoke with staff members.

"We all know they’re here without their families and I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness you’re giving them in this difficult time," she said. "I’d also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible."

She later asked how long children typically stay in the facility and what kind of activities they do.

"This is their home," one of the staffers told her. "They refer to these as shelters, but it is really a home for the children."