Here’s What Trump’s Family And Staff Have Been Up To As Immigrant Families Are Torn Apart
It has been a difficult week for the United States as a whole. Amidst increasing outrage over the president’s policy separating children from their parents at the border and pressure even from typically loyal congressional Republicans, Wednesday, the president signed an executive order that ended the practice. The order replaced the family separation policy with a plan to detain immigrant families together indefinitely.
Last week, journalists were given access to one of the detention centers housing immigrant children. Jacob Soboroff commented after his tour. He wrote on Twitter: “Just finished tour, don’t even know where to start. One of the first things you notice when you walk into the shelter — no joke — a mural of Trump with the quote “sometimes losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” Presidential murals everywhere. But that one is 1st.”
Just finished tour, don’t even know where to start.
One of the first things you notice when you walk into the shelter — no joke — a mural of Trump with the quote “sometimes losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”
Presidential murals everywhere. But that one is 1st.
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) June 13, 2018
While the nation remains heartbroken over haunting images and audio released of traumatized children desperate for their parents, detained in cages and makeshift camps, the Trump family and administration has been doing just fine.
While immigrant families suffer the trauma of separation, the Trump family have enjoyed family time and royal visits. Here is what members of the first family and White House team have been doing this week as immigrant families are torn apart.
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielson made an appearance at the White House press briefing on Monday. She heartlessly defended the administration policy of child detention and family separations. Then, she went out to dinner Tuesday night. She chose to dine at a Mexican restaurant where she was met by protestors who shouted “shame” at her.
We’re in downtown DC disrupting DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s dinner at MXDC. The irony isn’t lost on us that this is a Mexican restaurant. Nielsen has led the program to tear apart familes. We are here to tell her to put an end to separating families, to step down as head of the department, and that ICE and CBP must be abolished #abolishICE #abolishCBP
Posted by Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Stephen Miller, who is the cruel immigration extremist at the heart of the Trump policy, also chose to dine out this week. He too chose a Mexican restaurant. He was greeted with calls of “fascist” as he dined.
there aren't even that many mexican restaurants in dc, why do they keep going to them???? https://t.co/cEWK0IVMAz
— Elahe Izadi (@ElaheIzadi) June 21, 2018
First lady Melania Trump tweeted about a royal visit from the King and Queen of Spain. Her tweet evoked Marie Antionette references. The mention of impacting children really was a little much.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 19, 2018
Vanessa Trump, who is only related to the White House and policy by virtue of her last name, enjoyed family time with her children who were getting ready to go to summer camp.
Vanessa Trump tweeting about her kids leaving for summer camp while children are being separated from their parents and housed in detention centers by the Trump administration is either incredibly out of touch or a truly vicious subtweet and I really really can't tell which. pic.twitter.com/K8CRPbKMYb
— DJ Judd (@juddzeez) June 20, 2018
And of course, there was Melania’s jacket. The first lady went on a surprise trip to visit a facility in Texas where immigrant children are detained. Observers noticed the first lady’s wardrobe choice upon her departure for the unexpected trip. Melania, usually clothed in high-end designer apparel, chose to wear a $39 jacket with a message scrawled on the back. The jacket reads: “I really don’t care do u?”