CNN’s Ana Navarro took Trump booster Jason Miller to task when he tried to use statistics to excuse the administration’s family separation policy.
In a discussion hosted by anchor John Berman, Miller argued that the Department of Health and Human Services’ apparent inability to track the exact number of migrant children in their care as the deadline to reunite families looms “makes this a numbers argument as opposed to the human element.”
“The public polling has shown 64% of people think those who enter the country illegally should be deported but 88% of people think that families should be kept together while they’re going through that process before they deport them so it’s clear people don’t want to see families separated so we need to get them back together as soon as possible,” the Trump surrogate said, adding that the Trump administration is “working hard to this point.”
“It’s not going to go away,” Navarro rebutted. “It’s a story that has now lasted for more than two months and it’s a story that keeps tugging at the heartstrings of America. We see the heart-wrenching images of little children reuniting with their parents, with their mothers as we saw yesterday, finally, a lot of it has been as a result of court action.”
“I think you’re going see a lot more court action come out of this situation,” she continued. “When the government does not meet its deadlines, it’s amazing, they can’t even give you a number of how many kids are in custody and still separated. And they’re supposed to reunite all of those kids in a matter of days.“
Navarro argued that “if Fedex was doing this with shipments of widgets we’d be in an uproar. We would be clogging up the customer lines because they couldn’t find my new pair of shoes I just ordered on Zappos. And these are children!”
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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team
On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.
"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.