MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski fact-checked Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s news conference defending the separation of immigrant families and detention of children without their parents.
Nielsen flew in from New Orleans to deliver the White House press briefing after Sarah Huckabee Sanders reportedly refused to do it, and the Cabinet secretary promised to “help explain some of what’s going on and give you some of the facts.”
That, said the “Morning Joe” host, was a lie.
“What you’re about to hear are not facts,” Brzezinski said. “It’s actually deceit, it feels a lot like trusted truth and evasion — and some lies.”
The secretary claimed the policy was intended to push back against MS-13 gang members, but Brzezinski said 2-year-old girls were not violent gangsters, and she disputed Nielsen’s insistence that the policy was a law.
“It’s actually not the law,” Brzezinski said. “It’s Donald Trump’s policy, and it is happening, children are being separated from their families. Reporters … have been showing us the horrific facts. Families are being torn apart. Who in America could do this?”
Nielsen insisted Congress and the courts had created the problem, and she claimed only those two branches of government could fix it — but Brzezinski called her out.
“I’m sorry, Secretary Nielson, you’re incorrect,” she said. “This is not the case, but don’t listen to me — take it from Sen. Susan Collins.”
Nielsen also suggested that children were only being separated from suspected human traffickers, which contradicted her previous denials of the policy.
“All of you appear to be failing the country,” Brzezinski said. “You said there’s no policy to separate families? Jeff Sessions says there is. Why not take another crack at it again, the world is watching, you’re on the record — go.”
“The world is watching and you’re on the record, for history to remember, forever,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez dunks on Liz Cheney again for using Nazi language to defend Trump: ‘Enjoy defending concentration camps’
Dick Cheney's daughter continued to receive ferocious backlash after she falsely claimed that Donald Trump's tent cities are not "concentration camps."
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) demanded Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) learn history -- while revealing she knew little -- during a Twitter outburst.
“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. … ‘Never Again’ means something ... we need to do something about it," Ocasio-Cortez noted.
Trump is ‘completely shutting down’ oversight: CNN’s Toobin slams the White House’s move to limit Hope Hicks testimony
On Tuesday, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin tore into President Donald Trump's White House for moving to limit what former Communications Director Hope Hicks can tell the House Judiciary Committee in her upcoming testimony.
Hope Hicks, a former communications official at the White House, will testify behind closed doors tomorrow in the House of Representatives, the Judiciary Committee," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "But the White House is now saying she has immunity — she doesn't have to answer questions regarding the time she served in the White House."
"You said she's going to give testimony," said Toobin. "I believe she will attend the hearing. I think that's the accurate way to put this."
WATCH LIVE: Trump’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando
President Donald Trump's fans stood in a storm through Florida as they awaited being let into the Amway Center for the 2020 campaign launch. Meanwhile, the Orlando Sentinal was dropping a truth bomb on their reasons for endorsing "Not Trump."
Outside the Orlando rally, as fans were getting drenched, the president was leaving the White House ranting about how there were "both sides" to the false conviction of the Central Park Five. And once supporters finally made it inside the Amway Center, they were greeted with a message from a booming 1984-esque voice telling Trump supporters what to do if there are protesters.