Trump: 'We're all bothered by' seeing children in detention centers

Trump: 'We're all bothered by' seeing children in detention centers
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE said Thursday that everybody in his Cabinet is “bothered” by images and stories of migrant children being separated from their parents, but continued to blame Democrats for causing the situation.

Trump said at a Cabinet meeting that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy White House releases menu for Australian state dinner MORE traveled to Texas to tour facilities being used to house some migrant children who had been separated from their family.

“It really bothered her to be looking at this and to be seeing this, as it bothered me, as it bothered everybody at this table. We’re all bothered by it,” Trump said.


Thousands of migrant children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration.

Trump caved to pressure from Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday and signed an executive order halting the separation policy. It's unclear how or when the children will be reunited with their parents.

He said during the Cabinet meeting that the children are well taken care of.

“We have a situation where some of these places, they’re really running them well, and I give a lot of credit to (DHS) Secretary Nielsen and all the people that have worked,” he said. “But it’s still something that shouldn’t be taken place." 

However, he reiterated that Congress must enact broader immigration reform. The House is scheduled to vote on two immigration bills that Trump has supported, however neither bill is likely to garner enough support to pass the Senate.

Several Democrats would need to support any measure for it to receive the necessary 60 votes. As a result, Trump renewed his calls for the Senate to end its filibuster rule.