Trump aide Kellyane Conway went off on CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday over his selective outrage on illegal immigrant children being separated from their parents at the U.S. border.
“I’m a mother, I’m a Catholic, I’m a person with a conscience. I agree with everyone including the president, the first lady, and everyone who has said that they don’t want children to be separated from their parents unduly,” Conway said.
Watch the full exchange below:
She then explained that children are only separated from their parents if a familial relationship cannot be established; if there is a suspicion the child is being harmed; or if an adult enters the U.S. illegally instead of going to a port of asylum.
Seeking to exploit viewers’ emotions, Cuomo played audio of immigrant children crying in a detention center.
That set Conway off.
“I only wish you would play the audiotape, the videotape, that CNN would do a surround-sound program of the hundreds of thousands of Central American minors who have come over the border into this nation over the last several years. We don’t know where they all are,” Conway said. “Do you? Does CNN know that those girls haven’t been drug trafficked, sex trafficked? Do you know that they’re with adult family members, people who love them? Do you know that they’re alive?”
She added, “So you can play all the audiotape and videotape that you want. You show me what happened to each and every one of those girls.”
Listen to the audio Conway was referring to below:
Conway then asked Cuomo a key question, one that applies to many in the media.
“Where were you in 2014?” she asked, referring to similar immigration policies under then-President Barack Obama.