DC Daily: Trump continues tough talk on immigration despite reversal on family separation

DC Daily: Trump continues tough talk on immigration despite reversal on family separation
Posted at 7:08 AM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 10:08:54-04

Here's what's making headlines in the political world on Thursday, June 21, 2018:

Trump continues call to fix “big mess” at border, “ridiculous” immigration laws
-- One day after signing an executive order that would keep families who illegally cross the border into the U.S. together, President Trump continued to push his stance on the nation’s immigration issues.

On Twitter Thursday morning, the president slammed Democrats for looking to “obstruct” immigration bills and once again said the U.S. should be “building the Wall.”

Trump tweeted:

“We shouldn’t be hiring judges by the thousands, as our ridiculous immigration laws demand, we should be changing our laws, building the Wall, hire Border Agents and Ice and not let people come into our country based on the legal phrase they are told to say as their password.”

“The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years. At some point Schumer and Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem. Schumer used to want Border security - now he’ll take Crime!”

“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms). Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”

Trump to meet with Vladimir Putin in July
-- President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are planning to meet around the time of Trump's trip to the UK and the NATO summit in mid-July, according to two diplomatic sources familiar with the matter.

One diplomatic official told CNN that the Trump administration wants the meeting in Washington but Moscow has insisted on neutral ground. The official added that Vienna is the likely location.

No official announcements have been made.

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Secret Service notified after actor Peter Fonda’s obscene tweet about Barron Trump
-- The United States Secret Service has been alerted in response to a tweet by actor Peter Fonda, who said Barron Trump -- President Donald Trump's youngest son -- should be separated from his mother and put "in a cage with pedophiles."

"We should rip Barron Trump from his mother's arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will will stand up against the giant a--hole she is married to. 90 million people in the streets on the same weekend in the country. F---," Fonda wrote in a tweet, which has since been deleted.

First lady Melania Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, called the tweet "sick and irresponsible," adding that the Secret Service has been notified. A Secret Service spokesman said the agency is aware of the tweet but declined to comment, citing the agency's practice of not speaking about protective matters.

The President's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., weighed in on Twitter as well.

"You're clearly a sick individual and everyone is an internet bada-- but rather than attack an 11 year old like a bully and a coward why don't you pick on someone a bit bigger. LMK," Trump Jr. tweeted, using the shorthand Internet term for "let me know."

The tweets come as the Trump administration has faced heightened pressure over its US immigration policies, which in some instances have resulted in the separation of undocumented children from their families.

Fonda later apologized for his tweet.

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CNN contributed to this report