Speaking with reporters in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump repeatedly stated migrants who were caught crossing the border were put in “cages” and separated from their families when Barack Obama was president.
“Obama separated the children, by the way. Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children,” Trump said.
“Those cages that were shown, I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by President Obama’s administration, not by Trump. President Obama had child separation. Take a look, the press knows it, you know it, we all know it,” he continued. “I didn’t have —I’m the one that stopped it. President Obama had child separation. Now, I’ll tell you something. Once you don’t have it, that’s why you see many more people coming. They’re coming like it’s a picnic, because let’s go to Disneyland.”
“President Obama separated children. They had child separation. I was the one that changed it, okay? Thank you very much. Thank you,” Trump added.
Trump also maintained he never said he was “cleaning house” at the Department of Homeland Security after the announcement of the resignation Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.