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 TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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 SchiffWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Schiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia 'pretty compelling' Schiff: 'Hard to imagine a poorer case' than Trump's on emergency declaration MORE (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen2,000 asylum seekers return home, decide to stay in Mexico: report Trump taps FEMA official to lead agency Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE privately told lawmakers that the practice could still continue. Schiff urged lawmakers to make sure this never happens.