Trudeau on Trump family separation policy: ‘This is not the way we do things in Canada’


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tore into President Trump’s “zero tolerance” border policy on Wednesday, saying it’s “wrong” for America to separate families crossing the southern border illegally.

“What’s going on in the United States is wrong. I can’t imagine what families living through this are enduring,” Trudeau told reporters. “This is not the way we do things in Canada.”

Trudeau’s public rebuke of Trump puts him on a growing list of leaders who have publicly condemned the policy, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier on Wednesday that the images of children were “deeply disturbing” and that the practice was wrong. 

{mosads}Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the policy is cruel and El Salvador’s minister for Salvadorians, Liduvina Magarin, called for it to end.

The statements from foreign leaders came as the House and Senate moved forward with legislation that would end the policy. 

But despite Trump’s consistent defense of the policy, the president said on Wednesday that he would sign an executive order that ends it. 

“We want to keep families together. It’s very important. I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House.

Details about the order remain unknown, however. 

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