Kilmeade Addresses Migrant Children Remarks: ‘All Kids Are Important’ But We ‘Have To Have A Priority’

Kilmeade Addresses Migrant Children Remarks: ‘All Kids Are Important’ But We ‘Have To Have A Priority’

Shortly after creating a media firestorm over comments he made about migrant children during Friday’s Fox and Friends broadcast, Brian Kilmeade addressed and attempted to clarify those remarks both on Twitter and his Fox News radio show.

In case you missed it, Kilmeade said the following on F&F while defending the president’s immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents:

“Like it or not, these aren’t our kids. Show them compassion, but it’s not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country and now people are saying that they’re more important than people in our country who are paying taxes and who have needs as well.”

After those comments blew up on social media and were torn apart by Fox’s competitors, Kilmeade tweeted out a clarification. He also included a link to his radio show.

On the radio, the Fox News personality addressed the comments at length:

“Meanwhile, I’m just realizing doing the show there’s some things getting some traction out there about something I said this morning about kids not being important, or unimportant. All kids are important, all kids are special. What I’m just trying to say in this country when they come in, that as the President of the United States, you can only do so much for so many and that’s why we give so many aids to other countries.

So everybody is important but for the President of the United States, his point seems to be is that the kids in this country are his priority but straightening out the immigration laws at the border are key. That’s why I hope something gets done – that’s the bigger point on all of this. But about kids and compassion of course, that’s why people especially, people I know – you give money to people outside our borders but when it comes to our country, I think that you have to have a priority because you can’t pay for everybody, everybody for everything that you want especially when you are a country that’s $20 trillion in debt and overall, get it fixed.”

You can listen to Kilmeade’s radio response here.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.