President Donald Trump told the White House press pool Monday that three Border Patrol agents were hurt by migrants throwing rocks and stones at them — just as the agency’s commissioner denied that anyone had been injured.
Bloomberg White House reporter Toluse Olorunnipa pointed out the discrepancy on Twitter Monday evening while also reporting Trump’s comments to the pool.
“Three border patrol people yesterday were very badly hurt, getting hit with rocks and stones,” the president reportedly said.
CBP Commissioner contradicts Trump, saying none of his agents were seriously injured at the border Sunday.
Trump just told the press pool: "Three border patrol people yesterday were very badly hurt, getting hit with rocks and stones." https://t.co/sH1sLAGkdG
— Toluse Olorunnipa (@ToluseO) November 27, 2018
The comments were made just after Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan issued a statement “on the events yesterday in San Diego” that gained ample news coverage for the images of migrant parents and children being tear-gassed at the border.
“Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers in San Diego effectively managed an extremely dangerous situation involving over 1,000 individuals who sought to enter the U.S. unlawfully in large groups,” McAleenan wrote.
“They did so safely and without any reported serious injuries on either side of the border,” he noted — a statement that contradicts the president’s claim.
— CBP (@CBP) November 27, 2018