President Donald Trump allegedly told the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection last week that he would be pardoned if legal action were to be taken against him in regards to U.S. immigration law.
According to CNN, Trump made the remark to Kevin McAleenan during a visit to the United States' border with Mexico in Calexico, California. McAleenan has since been elevated to acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security because of the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen.
CNN quoted an administration official as paraphrasing Trump's comment as he "would pardon [McAleenan] if he ever went to jail for denying U.S. entry to migrants."
The Department of Homeland Security released a statement to CNN that said, "At no time has the president indicated, asked, directed, or pressured the acting secretary to do anything illegal. Nor would the acting secretary take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law."
The Trump administration is trying to stem the flow of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. Trump himself said Friday morning he is considering a plan that would bus migrants into sanctuary cities and leave them there as a political shot at Democrats who oppose his immigration policies.
Trump slammed the report late Friday, saying on Twitter:
"Another Fake Story on @NBCNews that I offered Pardons to Homeland Security personnel in case they broke the law regarding illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Of course this is not true. Mainstream Media is corrupt and getting worse, if that is possible, every day!"
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