White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was challenged Sunday on the Trump administration’s assertion that thousands of terrorists are sneaking into the country via the southern border.
In a tense exchange on “Fox News Sunday,” Sanders was pressed to explain Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen’s declaration that Customs and Border Protection agents had stopped over 3,000 “special interest aliens” trying to come into the country through the southern border.
Confronting Sanders, Wallace stated special interest aliens “are just people who have come from countries that have ever produced a terrorist, they’re not terrorists themselves,” and cited the State Department as having determined there was “no credible evidence of any terrorist coming across the border from Mexico.”
“We know that roughly nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally, and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is southern border,” Sanders replied.
But Wallace countered he’s “studied up on this” and asked Sanders she knew where they had come from.?
“Not always,” Sanders responded.
But Wallace continued, “Airports. The state department says there hasn’t been any terrorists found coming across the southern border.”
“It’s by air it’s by land it’s by sea, it’s all of the above,” Sanders said. “’But one thing that you’re forgetting is at the most vulnerable point of entry that we have into this country is our southern border. You have to protect it, and the more and more that individuals know that…”
“But they’re not coming across the southern border, Sarah, they’re coming and they’re being stopped at airports,” Wallace interrupted.
“They’re coming a number of ways, they’re certainly, I’m not disagreeing with you that they’re coming through airports,” Sanders concluded. “I’m saying that they come by air by land and by sea, and the more and more that our border becomes vulnerable and the less and less that we spend time and money protecting it the more that we’re going to have an influx, not just of terrorists, but of human traffickers and drug inflow.”
The exchange was posted by Mediate.
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