After photos from Sunday’s border incident between United States forces and migrants drew public outcry, President Donald Trump defended the use of tear gas against migrants on the Mexico side of the border fired by United States law enforcement on the US side.
“They were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas. Here’s the bottom line: Nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally.”
Watch his comments outside the White House here.
Later in the day at a campaign stop in Mississippi, the President stated:
“Why is a parent running up into an area where they know the tear gas is forming and it’s going to be formed and they were running up with a child?”
Trump also claimed the tear gas used was a mild form and repeated a conspiracy theory claim—without any form of proof—that women with children were “grabbers” who kidnapped children to increase their own chances of being allowed asylum.
Watch those remarks here.
But now Mexico wants answers.
Mexico’s foreign ministry served a diplomatic note to the US asking for a full investigation into the firing of non-lethal weapons over the border by US law enforcement.
Tear gas is a chemical weapon banned on battlefields, but used on civilians for crowd control. It affects children more harshly than adults and can cause “long-lasting trauma” according to medical experts.
People were shocked and angered over photos from the border Sunday.
They posted their outrage on Twitter.
These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas.
Women and children who left their lives behind — seeking peace and asylum — were met with violence and fear.
That’s not my America. We’re a land of refuge. Of hope. Of freedom.
And we will not stand for this. https://t.co/1APpeHIq6v
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 26, 2018
However, the President took to his own Twitter account to issue orders to Mexico and Congress.
Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
Trump’s tweet garnered only minimal support.
Ignore the trolls, sir. They’re brainwashed minions, unable to recognize how they’re being manipulated by their Luciferian, globalist “leaders.” They look down their noses at us, but they are the ones who are lost. Your supporters are awake! We pray for you everyday. Thank you!🙏🏼
— ✝️❤️ChristianCodependent❤️✝️ (@jccod711) November 27, 2018
your nothing but a Democrat talking that crap. We have the right to know who comes in are country. I don’t hear you cry about the added money you make . Look in a mirror and tell me if you do a idiot and cry baby fool
— Russell Megale (@MegaleRussell) November 27, 2018
The majority of comments were critical of the President’s response.
You are the “President”, not the owner of the United States. You can’t demand things and expect them to happen. This isn’t a business, it’s a country. You can’t change the very things that our country was built off of.
— ashley mitch (@amitch1029) November 27, 2018
— Molly Hazelrig (@mollymorgana) November 27, 2018
Criminals, huh? Like cheating on their taxes, committing fraud, conspiring with a hostile foreign country, laundering money through inflated real estate sales, using tax payer money for personal vacations, refusing to pay contractors for their work, and obstructing justice? Right
— Steven Meyerson, MD (@StevenMeyerson1) November 27, 2018
— danindura (@danindura) November 27, 2018
If the cap fits you wear it, stone cold criminals? You know them personally? One thing is certain is that team Trump are stone cold criminals! You have selected memory? You’ve been indicted for criminally embezzling Trump foundation!!!!!
Who’s the criminal!!!!
— Glenn Rose (@GlennRo57727963) November 27, 2018
Congress will not fund the wall you fucking twat, this country has more important things to do with our budget. You said Mexico would pay for it and they obviously won’t so cut the bullshit and work to do something that will actually benefit the American people.
— Zach (@zbruhn) November 27, 2018
The President was in Mississippi Monday campaigning for incumbent Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith in her run-off against Democratic challenger Mike Espy.