During a brief press scrum outside the White House this afternoon as he prepared to travel to Mississippi to campaign for embattled Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, President Donald Trump once again tried to falsely claim that his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their families is the exact same policy by previous administrations, including Barack Obama.
However, this time around, an intrepid reporter pushed back on his lie and corrected the record.
Asked about his response to a 60 Minutes story that showed his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy resulted in way more separations than first reported, the president repeated his talking point that “Obama had a separation policy; we all had the same policy.”
“You did not,” the reporter shouted back. “No, you didn’t.”
“I tried to do it differently, but Obama had a separation policy,” the president continued. “But people don’t like to talk about it.”
“Sir, it was different — you decided to prosecute everyone at the border,” the reporter stated. Meanwhile, the president dropped it and moved on to the next reporter.
We are still trying to identify the reporter who asked the question and pushed back against the president and will update this post once we find out.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
UPDATE: CNN’s Brian Stelter pointed out on Twitter that it was CBS Justice Correspondent Paule Reid who fact-checked the president on his separation policy.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 26, 2018