White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a subtly scathing response to Laura Bush after the former first lady attacked President Donald Trump over his administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
Sanders was asked by a reporter on Monday to respond to Bush’s claim that the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy is “cruel” and “immoral.”
"Frankly this law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under her husband's leadership. Not under this administration," Sanders said.
She added, "We’re not the ones responsible for creating this problem. We’ve inherited it," Sanders continued. "But we’re actually the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it.”
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Laura Bush wrote, “I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso,” she continued.
"These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned."
President Trump had called on Democrats to stop "obstructing" and pass comprehensive immigration reform to end the child migrant crisis at the border.
"It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with [Border] Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration," the president tweeted. "Change the laws!"