President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE on Sunday morning attacked the New York Times for reports on unsafe and squalid conditions in migrant detention centers at the U.S. border with Mexico.
“Friday’s tour showed vividly, to politicians and the media, how well run and clean the children’s detention centers are. Great reviews!” Trump tweeted Sunday following a visit to a facility near McAllen, Texas, by Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump endorses challenger to Hogan ally in Maryland governor's race Pence to headline New Hampshire event focused on Biden spending plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice MORE and several Republican senators.
“Failing @nytimes story was FAKE! The adult single men areas were clean but crowded - also loaded up with a big percentage of criminals,” Trump added, citing no evidence.
Friday’s tour showed vividly, to politicians and the media, how well run and clean the children’s detention centers are. Great reviews! Failing @nytimes story was FAKE! The adult single men areas were clean but crowded - also loaded up with a big percentage of criminals......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
Quoting Trump’s tweet, the Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey, who accompanied Pence and the senators to the facility, noted the men Trump referred to, kept in a chain-linked holding area, were forced to sleep on concrete and told him they had not showered in days and did not always have access to toothbrushes.
“It was sweltering hot and the stench was horrific,” Dawsey added.
The men, crammed inside fences, were sleeping on concrete and said they hadn’t showered in many days. It was sweltering hot and the stench was horrific. https://t.co/oAdFmb7Eh2— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 14, 2019
Trump has repeatedly defended conditions at border detention facilities, despite the Times' and others' stories, as well as a report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, which warned of “dangerous overcrowding.” Many of his allies have acknowledged poor conditions and blamed congressional Democrats.