Trump: Officials doing 'fantastic job' with detained migrant children given 'circumstances'

Trump: Officials doing 'fantastic job' with detained migrant children given 'circumstances'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE said in an interview that aired Sunday that his administration is going a "fantastic job" with detained migrant children, given the "circumstances."

Trump on NBC's "Meet the Press" blamed Democrats when host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddShepard Smith talking to MSNBC about prime-time spot as network eyes Chuck Todd move: report Administration officials defend Trump claims, Soleimani intelligence as senators push back on briefing Sunday shows - Administration officials grilled on Trump's Iran claims MORE brought up the fact that the administration cut recreation and English classes at shelters for migrant kids.

"We're doing a fantastic job under the circumstances," Trump said. "The Democrats aren't even approving giving us money. Where is the money? You know what? The Democrats are holding up the humanitarian aid."

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Todd also suggested that the children were being used politically, and the president once again knocked the other side. 

"If the Democrats would change the asylum laws and the loopholes, which they refuse to do because they think it's good politics, everything would be solved immediately" he said. "But they refuse to do it. They refuse to do it. You know what? If they change those, I say, I used to say 45 minutes. It's 15 minutes. If they changed asylum and if they changed loopholes everything on the border would be perfect."

When asked about family separations, Trump faulted former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNew Hampshire Rep. Kuster endorses Buttigieg Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall Ray LaHood backs Biden for president MORE

"Separation, President Obama, I took over separation. I'm the one that put it together. What's happened though are the cartels and all of these bad people, they're using the kids," he said. "It's almost like slavery."

The Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services have asked Congress for more money to deal with waves of immigration. 

 

Meanwhile, immigration attorneys have said that four toddlers were sent to the hospital last week after they were held at a Border Patrol facility.