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Trump blames Democrats for child border deaths as he ‘waits for shutdown deal in White House’ – Trump Latest News

Trump blames Democrats for child border deaths as he ‘waits for shutdown deal in White House’ – Trump Latest News

Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for the recent deaths of children at the US-Mexico border in a series of tweets.

The US president said that he was “waiting in the White House” for his political opponents to strike a deal on his plan to build a border wall, as the government shutdown triggered by his refusal to budge on the issue stretched into its second week.

“Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally,” he tweeted.


It comes after the deaths of two young Guatemalan children in US government custody. The Department of Homeland Security has said that, following the deaths, it was implementing more thorough initial and follow-up medical screenings for migrants.

But Mr Trump defended the border agencies, adding on Twitter: “The two children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days.

“Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!”

The shutdown has left tens of thousands of government workers on furlough or unpaid leave after Mr Trump demanded $5bn (£4bn) to construct a wall on the US border with Mexico. During his presidential campaign he repeatedly insisted the Latin American country would be forced to foot the bill.

In a set-piece Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the president had claimed that he would “own” the shutdown, and be “proud” to have put government business on hold in the cause of improving border security.


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Since then, however, he has frequently blamed his political opponents for the impasse.

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