WH Spox: Impeachment Is Hurting President Trump’s Family
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham complained to right-wing news outlet Breitbart this week that President Donald Trump’s impeachment has been hurtful to his family.
“His family has been hurt by this. Here you’ve got a family – Mrs. Trump – who has been working so hard on behalf of the children of this country,” Grisham said.
“You’ve got Ivanka, who has been pushing relentlessly for paid child leave and women’s empowerment all over the world,” she continued. “And you’ve got Jared, who has been pushing for Middle East peace, for crying out loud.”
“You’ve got a whole family who have been working really hard on behalf of this country and who continue to be abused and demonized by the Democrats,” Grisham said. “It’s just really unfortunate.”
Even more unfortunate has been the president’s treatment of asylum-seekers at the southern U.S. border, where Trump has promised to build a wall to keep would-be immigrants out of the country.
Countless reports have showcased the maltreatment of migrants in U.S. custody under the current administration, the most disturbing of which have related to migrant children.
In January, Simon Moya-Smith reported for NBC News on a trip to the border undertaken by a group of Native Americans, who were shocked to see migrants “locked in chain-link cages and lying on concrete floors, where the sound of frightened, crying kids and mothers and fathers fearing for their children is eerily audible if you just listen closely.”
In July, a Guatemalan woman told members of the U.S. House that “her daughter died of a viral lung infection after ‘neglect and mistreatment’ in a U.S. immigration jail,” The Washington Post reported at the time.
Yazmin Juárez, the mother of 19-month-old Mariee, begged for medical help but to no avail: “My baby grew sicker every day. She was vomiting constantly. . . . I saw her suffer in a way you can’t imagine.”
Trump’s family separation policy, which took effect under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and saw thousands of migrant children ripped from their parents and relatives, was pursued despite warnings that it would result in potential life-long trauma for the children.
Even before Sessions’ “zero tolerance” policy went into effect, concerns were raised over the devastating effects migrants would face — particularly the children.
Former Office of Refugee Resettlement Deputy Director Jonathan White told Congress earlier this year that he raised his own concerns as early as the beginning of 2017, when he heard such a policy was in the works.
White and his colleagues “told Homeland Security officials they were concerned ‘not only about what that would mean for children, but also what it would mean for the capacity of the program,’” The Texas Tribune reported.
Robert Carey, a Refugee Resettlement director under former President Barack Obama, said of the family separation police: “Not only was it inhumane, it was extraordinarily poorly managed.”
There exist countless examples of migrant men, women and children suffering at the hands of the Trump administration.
But the White House press secretary wants Americans to feel sorry for Trump’s family — a wealthy, well-connected, well-insulated family — because their patriarch is being held to account for behaviors unbecoming of the office of the president.