Meghan McCain grills Psaki on 'hypocrisy' over migrant children facility

Co-host of The View Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainKinzinger is first GOP lawmaker to call on Gaetz to resign Meghan McCain calls on Gaetz to resign Meghan McCain criticizes Biden for lack of action on Russia, Navalny MORE questioned White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House sends mixed message on higher taxes The Memo: Biden's five biggest foreign policy challenges Biden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts MORE on the reopening of a migrant children facility saying it's a hypocritical move considering President BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE’s criticism of former President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE’s use of the facility. 

“There’s criticism all the way around including from people within your own party like AOC and I think there’s just a lot of people that see this as hypocrisy and that it’s sort of just potato potato. Kids in cages are just kids being separated from their families,” McCain said during the interview.


The facility for migrant kids ages 13 to 17 in Carrizo Springs, Texas, has been criticized by many and seen as similar to Trump-era immigration tactics. 

Psaki defended the decision and said the administration is not separating the children from their parents. 

“In the time of COVID, that means we needed to open an additional facility so that we could have educational services, so that we could have legal services, so that we could have medical and health services and have those kids there, treated humanly, until we can find proper homes, family placements for these kids,” Psaki said. 


The backlash for the proposal came from both sides of the aisle including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan MORE (D-N.Y.) who tweeted that the facility “is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay - no matter the administration or party.”

Psaki insisted this was not like Trump’s policies when McCain pushed her on the topic and said that they felt this was the “best decision” during this time to “keep these kids safe.”

"This is kids going to a facility run by HHS. We had to open a new one to make sure it had the safe protocols in order to address the COVID needs and the health and safety needs because we can't have as many kids in the former HHS facility," Psaki said.