White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is no stranger to scrutiny from the press, but it’s likely she wasn’t expecting so much of it from the Trump administration allies at Fox News.
Nonetheless, Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy called out Sanders for a false statement she made on immigration.
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) October 31, 2018
When asked about Trump’s intention to attempt to repeal birth right citizenship through executive order, Sanders did what she does best: blame the Democrats:
“Let’s not forget…why we’re even here at all. That’s because the failure of congress – Democrats in congress actually – to do their job. And again the president is going to take whatever powers he has to protect our borders and to protect our country.”
That’s when Doocy chimed in:
“Sarah, you remember – it was a number of months back – where the president and Chuck Schumer, it sounded like they came pretty close to a deal. Chuck said, ‘Y’know what, I’ll give you the money for the wall, Mr. President, I just want the DREAMers to be able to stay in the United States. And the president (from stories we’ve heard) said ‘I want more. No.’ Was that a mistake not to take that deal at that point?”
This false statement from the Trump administration has been pushed since at least February, when Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) entered negotiations with the president to reach a consensus on an immigration bill, on the condition that the DREAMers – undocumented Americans brought to this country as young children – would be permitted to stay in the country. The senate had nearly reached a deal that satisfied both parties only for it to be rejected by the president.
He continues to blame Democrats for holding up immigration reform.
The United States has been spending Billions of Dollars a year on Illegal Immigration. This will not continue. Democrats must give us the votes to pass strong (but fair) laws. If not, we will be forced to play a much tougher hand.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
Americans on Twitter have been calling out that narrative for months.
Funny how Democrats are holding you up on passing immigration reform when you are celebrating a Kavanaugh win without a single Democrat vote..
Something doesn't sound accurate🤔
— Stand For Justice (@StandForHonesty) October 27, 2018
Republicans control house and senate. You have enough votes in your own party to pass immigration. The problem is your party is split into 3 groups that can’t agree on anything other than making the rich richer. We are awake Donald we know where accountability lies
— Trek3871🖖🏻💫 (@Trek3871D) October 27, 2018
How Can @NPR repeat Sarah Sanders's quote that Democrats are holding up immigration reform in Congress without noting that Republicans control both houses right now?
— Annie Gabillet (@anniegabillet) October 31, 2018
Ahh so there it is. He’s holding these kids hostage until Democrats give him the votes to pass the other immigration bullshit he spews. People that voted for Trump – you get to wake up with that for the rest of your life. Pathetic. https://t.co/Ln6nXlbJ3P
— asst mgr at space force™️ (@rjlawson07) June 19, 2018
WHEN WILL TRUMP'S DAILY LIES HAVE CONSEQUENCES?
Today, Trump wrongly accused Democrats of holding up immigration reform in Congress to the benefit of gang members and drug cartels.
He also lied when he said Democrats were the cause of separating families at the border. pic.twitter.com/bqirKgUoGS
— Roger Lee (@RogerLeeDC) June 18, 2018
Donald Trump’s most recent attack on immigration – legal and illegal – are poised to keep the claim alive.