Trump knocks Dems for tweeting Obama-era 'kids in cages' photo

Trump knocks Dems for tweeting Obama-era 'kids in cages' photo
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE on Thursday knocked House Democrats for using a picture of migrant children in cages that was taken in 2014, during the Obama administration, in a tweet to promote a hearing on immigrant detention facilities.

“Democrats had to quickly take down a tweet called ‘Kids In Cages, Inhumane Treatment at the Border,’ because the horrible picture used was from the Obama years," Trump tweeted. "Very embarrassing!” 

Republicans have highlighted the now-deleted tweet, saying the picture is evidence that Democrats are playing politics with the border. 

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"Continuing to prove that Dems are only playing politics with the border crisis, House Democrats promoted a hearing on 'kids in cages' with a photo taken in 2014," Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for Trump's reelection campaign, tweeted. "As in, during the Obama Administration.

"Don’t bother looking for their tweet — it’s been deleted," he added. 

"You all know that’s a picture from 2014, right? Remind us who was President then," the House Oversight Committee Republicans added. 

The criticism was sparked by a tweet from the House Oversight and Reform Committee promoting a Wednesday hearing on "kids in cages" and the "inhumane treatment at the border" that featured a picture of migrant children lying on the floor in cages.

However, The Associated Press reported in 2018, when the same image was used to hit the Trump administration over its immigration policies, that the news service took the photo in 2014.

A Democratic aide to the committee said in a statement to The Hill that “the photo was an error, and it has been removed,” but argued there is “no comparison” between the Obama and Trump administrations’ border policies.

“The Obama Administration did not separate children from their families and create dehumanizing conditions as a way to deter immigration and asylum, which is the stated policy of the Trump Administration,” the aide said

The Trump administration has come under increased scrutiny after a Department of Homeland Security watchdog report found "dangerous overcrowding" and "prolonged detention of children and adults" at facilities in the Rio Grande Valley.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced Wednesday it would hold additional hearings on family separations at the border.