Bannon Says Trump Doesn’t Have To ‘Justify’ Border Separations

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Former White House strategist Steve Bannon said Sunday that President Donald Trump doesn’t have to “justify” his highly criticized policy of separating parents who enter the U.S. illegally on the southern border with Mexico from their children.

“He went to a zero-tolerance policy,” Bannon said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s a crime to come across illegally, and children get separated.”‘

Bannon, who left the White House in August, said he didn’t think Trump was “going to back off from” the separations. Despite initiating the policy, the president has lamented it several times, and blamed it on Democrats.

Separately, senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “nobody likes” the separation of migrant children from their parents, but repeated Trump’s view that the burden for changing it is on Democrats.

Bannon also predicted that Republicans would lose seats in the November elections if they passed a compromise bill that would allow a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. He recommended that the Republican Party move to shut down the federal government in coming months to secure funding for a border wall.

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Photo: Martin Divisek, Bloomberg



  1. the people woh came with children to the border knew exactlyu what they were doing. by blaming their own dangerous parenting on the US, they are succeeding in dividing our country, which is exactly their intention.

  2. Steve Bannon: By the way, I don’t see the mainstream media and I don’t see the liberal left embracing the Angel Moms who were permanently separated from their children.

    Angel Moms = A line of bereaved parents and relatives, their shirts plastered with the faces of lost loved ones, lined up behind him. Trump stood aside as one by one the parents — “angel moms” — shared stories of losing a son or daughter to an “illegal alien.”

  3. Anonymous, post #2, excellent point! If I may add, these same govt. critics weren’t so concerned when it was Jews by WWll.

  4. Zalman, correction: neither the left nor the right could have cared less about the plight of the Jews in WWII. I’s high time that we, as rachmanim bnei rachmanim should at the very least be extremely cautious when voicing opinions in defense of ‘zero tolerance’ non-Israel-related politic. HKBH did in fact do a ness goluy in having Donald Trump elected President TO THE EXTENT YIDDEN AND ISRAEL ARE CONCERNED, but we shouldn’t through caution to the wind and jump on the bandwagon about every incumbent-driven policy initiative. I don’t live in the US, but American yidden should remember they are ORCHIM in their present place of residence.


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