On Monday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter with a dire warning certain to frighten many of his followers. He warned of an unknown number of “Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” headed en masse toward the United States in a caravan of thousands fleeing violence.
In his tweet, the President stated:
“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!”
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
The President is surrounded by a cadre of advisers with decades of experience in national security and international intelligence gathering. So which of his experienced advisers provided this information to Trump?
Fox & Friends, of course.
Specifically, Fox & Friends guest and weekend Fox News anchor Pete Hegseth, who floated the idea that Isis has infiltrated the caravan.
Hegseth began, “The laws are, as the president calls them, dumb. They don’t make sense. They don’t protect our sovereignty. That’s where you have to go back to Congress and say, it’s about time we actually do something about it.”
“A wall is part of saying, you don’t get to come into our country unless you prove that you are a refugee. So, go to a port of entry, claim asylum, you’ll get your day in court, we’ll determine whether it’s valid or not.”
Then dropped this doozy:
“But, you got the president of Guatemala saying to a local newspaper down there just last week, they caught over a hundred ISIS fighters in Guatemala trying to use this caravan or other processes…”
Co-host Steve Doocy interrupted Hegseth then to ask:
“Are we sure that’s true?”
“He talked to their local newspaper, we don’t know it, it hasn’t been verified. But even one poison pill is too many in a caravan.”
You can watch the clip below:
People on Twitter were quick to trace the claim from Fox News to the President’s Twitter feed.