Trump Blasts Biden's Claim He Left Children 'Starving' at Border: 'Just the Opposite'
Trump calls out false claims made by Biden during press conference
Donald Trump responded to Democrat Joe Biden's claim that he left migrant children to "starve to death" on the Mexican side of the border.
Biden told reporters:
"When an unaccompanied child ends up at the border, we [aren't] going to let them starve to death and stay on the other side -- No previous administration did that either, except Trump. I'm not going to do it."
"First of all, it's just the opposite."
"By the time we finished what we were doing [on the border], very few people were coming up because they knew they weren't going to get through."
"We stopped 'catch and release,' which was a disaster."
"The very biggest thing was, we had the Remain In Mexico policy, and that means that we wouldn't allow people to wait in our country until they were totally checked out, which most of them didn't get checked out, and they would go back to their own country," Trump added.
"If young kids were with parents, but a lot of times, they weren't, and we would take care of them, but ... what they are doing now is outrageous. And they should finish the wall."
Trump tells Fox’s @IngrahamAngle that Biden's “softball” news conference was “very sad to watch.. they feed him questions, easy questions. I notice Peter Doocy didn’t get a chance to ask a question, and there could no difficult questions.. they don’t have a Jim Acosta.” pic.twitter.com/I06S2e4DWb— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) March 26, 2021
Trump then accused the Democratic majority in Washington of "destroy[ing] our country."
"They can't be allowed to destroy our country, and at the southern border, they are destroying our country, and gasoline prices are going up. We are energy-independent. I created that," he said.
"But in another couple of months, we won't be, and take a look at what is happening to the price of gasoline."
"It's [increased] over a dollar, that is like a big tax increase to people. That is the same thing, equivalent, and even greater than a big tax increase. It's terrible."
Trump later called the Biden White House an "absolute embarrassment" in Anchorage, Alaska, last week.
National security adviser Jacob Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a diplomatic meeting with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi.
Yang lectured Blinken on American shortcomings like ongoing unrest and prevalence of Black Lives Matter.
"Did the Chinese ever lecture you or your people about America's racism problem?" Ingraham asked Trump.
"We never had anything like that happen. ... That was an absolute embarrassment to our country. I could not believe it," Trump fumed.
"We should have walked out. Nobody ever talked to my group that way, have nobody ever talked to me that way, I can tell you that."
"If they did, I would have doubled up the tariffs -- which, frankly, were something we probably should have done, anyway. I took in billions and billions of dollars from China. We were bringing businesses back. It was really going well. And China respected us. They never spoke to us the way they spoke [to Biden's team]."
"I took in billions and billions of dollars from China. We were bringing businesses back. It was really going well. And China respected us."
Trump also noted that Biden and the Democrats "throw out the race card" when faced with tough questions.
"When they can't get you on something, they throw out the race card. It's a different world right now."
"We did things that nobody thought could be done: Criminal justice reform was a very, very big thing, and I guess Biden tried. I know Obama tried. They couldn't get anywhere. I got it done."
Trump also noted the "strange questions" from reporters at Biden's press conference.
"[The questions] were asked in a very interesting way. It was like softballs; like you are throwing softballs up, and it is just a different world," he remarked.
He also noted the lack of "Jim Acosta"-type reporter questioning Biden.
"They don't have that," he said.
"And if Jim Acosta were there, he would ask very soft questions; it would be a whole different thing."
"I noticed [Fox News'] Peter Doocy didn't get to ask a question today. And there can be no difficult questions, and [White House aides] are ready to rip the microphone away if somebody did get a little bit testy," he continued.
"I noticed [Fox News'] Peter Doocy didn't get to ask a question today."
On the subject of a recent NBC News report, the Department of Homeland Security is moving to counter "domestic violent extremism" by surveilling social media.
Trump said the true concern should be Antifa and Black Lives Matter, noting the year of violent attacks across Portland.
"[Wheeler] actually said he can't take it anymore. You have to see what the streets of Portland look like. They have been burning the city down, and nobody does anything about it, and they don't go after those people," Trump lamented.
"But they go after people -- I guess you would call them leaning toward the right," he said.
"They don't go after Antifa, who kill people, by the way; who burn down our cities. Look at what they did to Seattle. They took over a big parcel of land in Seattle -- and had I not got in the National Guard ready to go in... they just gave up the land."
"Had we not gotten the National Guard in there, you would not have Minneapolis anymore. It would have been burned down to the ground. Those are the ones you have to worry about," Trump said.