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Immigration lawyer scolds CNN reporter: Dana Bash got it ‘100 percent wrong’ when she said ‘kudos to Trump’

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Immigration attorney Amy Maldonado criticized CNN senior political correspondent Dana Bash on Wednesday after she offered “kudos” to President Donald Trump for saying he would sign an executive order that will keep immigrant families together in detention.

“You’re colleague, Dana Bash, earlier today got it 100 percent wrong when she said kudos to President Trump for ending this family separation policy,” Maldonado explained to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “What we expected and what we are hearing is a pivot back to the family detention policies of the Obama administration, which we expect to see — as most of the Obama administration policies — on steroids without the discretion that the Obama administration exercised.”

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Maldonado also said that she was disappointed by the way President Barack Obama spoke out against the Trump policy in a statement on Facebook.

“He didn’t own that,” she remarked. “Because the Obama administration was challenged on family detention and they lost.”

Before ending the interview, Baldwin spoke up in defense of Bash.

“Dana Bash, who I love dearly, I think probably meant ‘kudos’ in the sense that at least the parents and the kids would no longer be separated,” Baldwin pointed out. “But I hear you loud and clear that detention, period, is not a great thing.”

While appearing on CNN’s Inside Politics earlier in the day, Bash had offered conditional praise for the president.

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“Look, kudos to him if he does in fact [stop family separations],” Bash said. “But it really flies in the face of the comments, day after day, that we’ve seen saying that this is not possible and it’s not a real policy.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

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Pope Francis struck with unknown illness one day after expressing solidarity with coronavirus sufferers

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Just one day after expressing solidarity and support for coronavirus sufferers, Pope Francis has come down with a virus himself, forcing him to cancel a planned mass in Rome, the New York Post reports.

The unknown illness struck the Pope while the coronavirus spreads across Italy. According to CNN, Italian authorities have cordoned off areas where more than 50,000 people live in an attempt to prevent further outbreaks. Around 400 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Italy, and 12 have died.

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‘Rich people have profited enough’: New poll shows two-thirds of Americans support wealth tax to combat inequality

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