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Reporter gasps after Melania whitewashes Trump’s child camps: ‘That briefing was like everything’s fine’

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A CNN panel on Thursday suggested that First Lady Melania Trump’s visit to a center housing child immigrants was meant to whitewash President Donald Trump’s policy of separating parents and children.

A day after the president signed an executive order ending child separations for future immigrant cases, Melania Trump made an unexpected visit to a child “home” run by a private contractor in Texas. During the visit, employees of the facility made clear that most of the children in the facility had entered the U.S. unaccompanied and were not the children who had been taken from their parents.

Following Melania Trump’s discussion with the private contractor, The Daily Beast’s Jackie Kucinich appeared taken aback by the deception.

Kucinich noted that the children visited by the first lady “are not the children that were taken from their parents.”

“They are children that have come unaccompanied across the border,” she explained. “Yes, it’s important that she’s taking the press through. It’s important that she’s drawing attention to this.”

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“That said,” Kucinich continued, “that briefing was a little bit like, ‘Everything’s fine. The kids come in here, they’re a little upset and then they relax.’ I think is what one of the officials there [said]. We have read accounts that that is not the case with these young children who come in and do not calm down, are catatonic. There could be permanent damage from what has already occurred to them.”

“Forgive me for looking at this with a little bit of a skeptical eye,” she said, struggling to find words.

CNN host Dana Bash also pointed out that the facility visited by Melania Trump is not one of the so-called tender age detention centers, which house toddlers and infants.

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“This was a handpicked place by the American government to give a certain impression,” CNN correspondent Nia-Malika Henderson observed. “We don’t know what these facilities are like. They are all over the countries. There are some in New York, there are some in Michigan… That’s what this highlighted to me, again, how little we know and how selective the government has been in giving access.”

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Black Pennsylvania Trump voter wonders if he’s still welcome in the GOP

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Tuesday, CNN released interviews with Texas Trump supporters who defended his racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color. Wednesday night, Van Jones showed his panel of supporters of both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. But things got tense when a Black Trump supporter was asked about the president's racially charged statements.

Two men, one white one Black, in the group said they supported Trump and probably would again because business was good. Two women in the group lamented that Trump's racism was hurtful for the country.

"I just go back to values," the older women said. "I value treating people with dignity. And if there is anything that is incongruent with those values, then I'm not for that. So I'm not going to put profit over my values."

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Don Lemon lists ‘manipulative garbage’ Trump uses to exploit his supporters’ ignorance

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CNN host Don Lemon thinks that President Donald Trump is using issues like race to manipulate his voters into voting against their own interest.

In his opening commentary, Lemon showed the clip of Trump's supporters chanting "send her back" at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is a Somali immigrant who came to the U.S. when she was just 12 years old.

He then cited a tweet that Trump sent out earlier Wednesday.

"New Poll: The Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in predicting the 2016 Election, has just announced that "Trump" numbers have recently gone up by four points, to 50 percent. Thank you to the vicious young Socialist Congresswomen. America will never buy your act! #MAGA2020," Trump tweeted.

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Trump and the GOP stand for ‘blaming others if you’re not happy where you are’: Democratic congressman

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Unapologetic about his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color, President Donald Trump stood smugly by at his Wednesday rally in Greenville, South Carolina as his supporters attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) with chants of "Send her back! Send her back!"

In conversation with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) denounced it as just standard operating procedure for this president and the party that elected him.

"I want to talk health care, but ... [Trump] ain't going to campaign on health care," said Cuomo. "He's going to campaign that there's something wrong with the way you look and people like you are a little bit of a danger. And we're a little bit better off when you guys stay where you were before you were here. That's his campaign. He is confident. How do you counter?"

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