President Donald Trump sought to deflect blame for the deaths of two Guatemalan children in U.S. custody by claiming they were “very sick” when they arrived, even though immigration authorities have said both children passed initial health checks.
Meanwhile, his Homeland Security chief visited Border Patrol agents and medical officials at the southern border amid promises of more thorough health screenings for migrant children.
The president, whose administration has faced widespread criticism over the deaths, pointed on Twitter at Democrats “and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally.”
He also alleged that both children “were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol.”
The two tweets were his first comments on the Dec.