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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Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.
Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.
"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."
WATCH: Trump’s long history of spilling America’s secrets to foreign leaders catalogued by CNN’s Avlon
President Donald Trump this week claimed that would never be stupid enough to say something inappropriate to foreign officials when he knew that all of his calls were being monitored.
However, CNN's John Avlon on Friday went down the president's long history of making inappropriate comments to foreign leaders, including times when he spilled important intelligence secrets.
Avlon began by noting that Trump has repeatedly cast aspersions on the intelligence community, including when he infamously said that he didn't believe Russia tried to help him win the 2016 election despite multiple intelligence assessments showing just that.
Dem lawmaker Speier bluntly calls out Trump for using taxpayer money for his Ukraine Biden oppo research
Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) ripped into President Donald Trump over the whistleblower report that seems to indicate the president was holding back aid to the Ukraine in return for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, the California Democrat said she learned very little in a private meeting on the explosive whistleblower report on Thursday, before talk turned to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's meltdown and confession on CNN that he had been pressuring officials in the Ukraine over Biden.
"What we know is zero," Speier said. "So if, in fact, what is being reported is true, that means the president of the United States is using taxpayer money to try and have opposition research for his political campaign determined by how much money he gives to a foreign country and that is reprehensible."