President Donald Trump on Tuesday admitted he has no evidence substantiating his claims that “Middle Easterners” have embedded themselves in migrant caravans meandering through Central America.
Trump told reporters in the Oval Office he has “very good information” regarding the types of people he believes are sneaking into migrant refugee caravans.
The press tried to get the president to pony up some evidence, but this is Trump we’re dealing with, so there isn’t any.
“There’s no proof of anything but there very well could be.”
The president said he speaks with Border Patrol “all the time,” touting the agency’s ability to “intercept” certain individuals.
“Over the course of the year, over the course of a number of years, they have intercepted many people from the Middle East,” Trump said. “They have intercepted ISIS. They have intercepted all sorts of people. They have intercepted good ones and bad ones. They have intercepted wonderful people from the Middle East. And they have intercepted bad ones.”
Trump added that Border Patrol had “very recently” identified “people from the Middle East,” and that the press “shouldn’t be surprised” when he says it because “you’ve heard that before, it happens all the time.”
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Pres. Trump claims he has "very good information" there are "people from the Middle East" in migrant caravan, but says "there's no proof of anything, but there very well could be." https://t.co/9WDSoU9AA6 pic.twitter.com/CnwHwYZRcV
— ABC News (@ABC) October 24, 2018
No one – including Trump – seems to know what the president is talking about because there isn’t any proof.
So he’s got “very good information” but he’s got no proof..so which is it?
— Robert (@Robrulesall2) October 24, 2018
Even at face value, the idea that Middle Eastern people have infiltrated bands of Central and South American refugees simply doesn’t make any sense.
What's further south than South America? They intercepting immigrants from Antarctica now?
— Jorge Ribs (@jorgeRibs) October 24, 2018
There very well could be witches, warlocks, and bears traveling with them. There is no proof though. Because there aren't.
— Cathy Landon (@catzsparkles) October 24, 2018
“They’ve intercepted people from South America, and from other parts further south…” Please #POTUS tell me more about the people they have intercepted south of South America. See attached map for assistance. pic.twitter.com/votf5zmWZ3
— Jessie Caruso (@Jessie_Caruso) October 24, 2018
— John E Kutinac (@JohnEKutinac) October 24, 2018
Wow! Further south than South America! Penguins? They will be noticed.
— Coutts Coot (@CouttsCoot) October 24, 2018
— Charles (@A_CueM_AN_e) October 24, 2018
There’s no proof that tRump has the mental capability of a six-year-old but there’s always that possibility.
— Dave Kane (@davekane11) October 24, 2018
There might be the worlds greatest physicists too. Or the second greatest composer in the world. Who knows? Who could tell?
— Steve Kusaba (@MusicalKasparov) October 24, 2018
What is obvious, however, is Trump using fear of “the other” as a dog whistle for his supporters.
More fear mongering of “unknown” people In this group of people.
— Jason Habbal (@JasonHabbal) October 24, 2018
This is part of your FEAR AND HATRED campaign
— Erich Baier (@ErichBaier1) October 24, 2018
There could be people fleeing poverty too but lets just assume they are all bad guys.
— Teresa H (@Twinkie599) October 24, 2018
“…And obviously, we should be worried, because all brown people are bad. “
— Paul Serafini (@SoteraConsult) October 24, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence threw his weight behind Trump’s claims, but just like his boss, offered no evidence.