The Associated Press news agency fact-checked former first lady Michelle Obamas Democratic National Convention address after she claimed President Donald Trump was keeping children in “cages” along the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to criticize the presidents immigration policy.
The AP said in its fact check that the former first lady “assailed President Donald Trump on Monday for ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages, picking up on a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats.”
“Shes right that Trumps now-suspended policy at the U.S.-Mexico border separated thousands of children from their families in ways that had not been done before,” the AP fact check added. “But what she did not say is that the very same cages were built and used in her husbands administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily.”
AP added that Obamas reference to “cages” is a “misleading” one that is frequently mentioned by Democratic politicians.
“Trump used facilities that were built during the Obama-Biden administration to house children at the border. They are chain-link enclosures inside border facilities where migrants were temporarily housed, separated by sex and age,” AP fact-checkers said.
It noted that photos of children in housing centers that were circulated by Democratic officials online to criticize Trump were actually taken in 2014.
These pictures actually “depicted some of the thousands of unaccompanied children held by President Barack Obama,” AP said.
In her speech, Obama touted Joe Bidens record when he was vice president and said he “knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic, and lead our country.”
President Trump wasted no time in responding to the former first ladys speech on social media.
“Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it werent for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama,” Trump wrote on TwitterRead More From Source