On Tuesday, GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), a congresswoman who recently announced her retirement, condemned President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration. In a Twitter tirade this morning Trump referred to immigrants who “infest our Country.”
No, @POTUS, saying immigrants “infest” our country is repugnant, reprehensible, + repulsive. To dehumanize those who wish to make a better life for themselves + their families flies in the face of decency. The real infestation is only one of your baseless rhetoric
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) June 19, 2018
The same day, addressing the National Federation of Independent Businesses, President Trump continued to fear-monger about migrants.
“Smugglers game the system. They game it. They’re smart. They didn’t go to the Wharton school of finance, but you know what they’re really smart,” he said, to roars from the crowd.
The President also suggested that the immigration debate was a distraction from the IG report about misconduct in the FBI and tarred immigration lawyers as “bad people” who coach their clients to game the system.
“I want border security. I don’t want to try people. I don’t want people coming in,” he declared.
As Trump doubled down on policy that’s resulted in the separation of close to 2,000 kids from their parents at the Southwest border, prominent Republicans on Capitol Hill have largely remained silent.
Ex-cops indicted in fatal shooting of Black woman and ‘public torture’ of Black man in separate incidents
Two former Mississippi police officers were indicted in the brutal beating of a Black motorist, and one of them was also charged in an unrelated fatal shooting.
Wade Robertson, 28, and Bryce Gilbert, 27, were charged with aggravated assault in the 2018 beating of James Barnett, and Robertson was also charged with manslaughter in the 2019 shooting death of Dominique Henry, reported The Laurel Leader-Call.
Quarantine, racial strife, Trump have Michelle Obama feeling down
Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she is suffering from "low-grade depression" from coronavirus quarantine, racial strife in the United States and the "hypocrisy" of the Trump administration.
Obama made the remarks in the latest episode of "The Michelle Obama Podcast" released on Spotify on Wednesday.
"I'm waking up in the middle of the night because I'm worrying about something or there's a heaviness," the 56-year-old former First Lady said.
"I try to make sure I get a workout in, although there have been periods throughout this quarantine, where I just have felt too low," she said.
Another watchdog at US State Department abruptly gone
The internal watchdog looking into accusations against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly quit Wednesday, just months after his predecessor was fired.
The State Department's acting inspector general, Stephen Akard, is a longtime aide to Vice President Mike Pence and his installation in May had widely been seen as a way to keep a friendly figure in the role.
Akard informed colleagues that he is "returning to the private sector after years of public service," a State Department spokesperson said.
"We appreciate his dedication to the Department and to our country."
But Akard's departure comes just as his office finalizes a report on Pompeo's controversial decision to bypass Congress to sell $8.1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies.