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 TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 ToddButtigieg says he wasn't comfortable with Clinton attack on Gabbard Buttigieg: Trump undermining US credibility 'is going to cost us for years and years' Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter 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."

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."

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"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.