President Donald Trump was reportedly not happy about being forced to sign an executive order this week ending the forced separation of undocumented immigrant children from their families.
According to the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, Trump had to be essentially dragged kicking and screaming into signing the order — and even as he did sign it, he kept arguing in favor of his baby jails.
“Trump was telling people hours before he signed the executive order on family separations that detaining kids was the greatest deterrent there was to border crossings and that his critics were wrong,” Haberman reports.
The Trump administration this week has issued multiple, contradictory statements about its policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents. Trump repeatedly falsely claimed that he had no choice but to split up families due to actions by Democrats, Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed that it was put in place intentionally to deter border crossings, and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen even claimed that the government had no such policy of breaking apart families.