Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday insisted that multiple reports about the treatment of migrant children at detention facilities are “unsubstantiated.”
In an interview on ABC’s This Week, host Martha Raddatz asked why he had refuted a New York Times report which found that children are being mistreated at migrant detention facilities.
“Why did you call those allegations unsubstantiated?” Raddatz asked.
“Because there’s adequate food and water,” McAleenan argued. “Because the facility is cleaned every day. Because I know what our standards are and I know they are being followed. Because we have tremendous levels of oversight — five levels of oversight.”
“You don’t believe the New York Times?” Raddatz asked, quoting from the report: “The stench of the children was so strong it spread to the agent. They had scabies, chicken pox.”
“You just referenced three things that were unsubstantiated,” McAleenan opined. “Inadequate food, inadequate water and unclean cells. None of those have been substantiated.”
“You still think they’re unsubstantiated given The New York Times and El Paso Times reports?” the ABC host pressed.
“I don’t know what specific allegations you’re referencing,” McAleenan replied.
“The ones I just read,” Raddatz shot back.
“This is an extraordinary, challenging situation,” McAleenan remarked. “We had an overflow situation with hundreds of children crossing every day.”
“I’m not denying there are challenging situations at the border,” he added. “I’m the one who has been talking about it the most.”
Watch the video below from ABC.
Illinois GOP embarrasses itself with meme calling four Democratic congresswomen ‘The Jihad Squad’
Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party sought to reverse damage on Sunday after posting a movie-style poster on Facebook that depicted four progressive congresswomen who have been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump in recent days as "The Jihad Squad."
The poster, whose image was reportedly uploaded to the Facebook account of the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois on Friday night, displayed images of the four newly elected congresswomen of color — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — who are often nicknamed "The Squad." It showed the lawmakers in film-style action poses with a smiling Pressley aiming a gun and Ocasio-Cortez donning a red evening dress that was on fire. Omar is seen pursing her lips and Tlaib is screaming.
Democrats, White House near deal to raise debt ceiling
US Democrats have nearly reached a deal with the Trump administration to raise the debt ceiling, allowing the government to borrow more money and avoid a disastrous default, sources close to the negotiations said Monday.
The "near-final agreement" would suspend the debt limit until the end of July 2021, and increase government spending by raising budget caps on defense and domestic outlays, one source said.
Republicans and Democrats have been hammering out the broad constructs of a deal for weeks as they faced calls to approve the agreement in the House by Friday, when the chamber begins a six-week recess.
Ivanka Trump visits defense contractor Lockheed Martin to promote apprenticeships
President Donald Trump's eldest daughter visited defense contractor Lockheed Martin to discuss apprenticeships for minorities.
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump visited the company's Denver-area facility Monday to discuss its apprenticeship programs and efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, reported UPI.
The president's daughter and Lockheed CEO Marilyn Hewson heard from several women who benefitted from Lockheed programs, and Trump pointed out that women who earn STEM degrees were more likely to remain in that industry if they receive on-the-job training during school.