By CALVIN WOODWARD | The Related Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump twisted circumstances behind the deaths of two migrant Guatemalan youngsters to insulate his administration from any blame, contending with out justification that they have been in dire well being earlier than they reached the border.
The youngsters cleared preliminary U.S. well being screenings and one among them was within the U.S. for 5 days earlier than all of a sudden displaying indicators of sickness.
His tweets on the deaths in U.S. custody of a 7-year-old woman and an Eight-year previous boy have been his first phrases on the topic and got here with no expression of regret for what occurred. As an alternative he stated their destiny exhibits why the U.S. wants a wall on the Mexican border.
Trump addressed the matter throughout every week by which he additionally misrepresented what he’s accomplished for army pay in a speech to troops in Iraq and informed a defective story concerning the Iran nuclear deal.
A take a look at a few of his statements and the truth behind them:
TRUMP: “The two … children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days. Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end.” — tweets Saturday.
THE FACTS: This account is just not supported by timelines launched by Customs and Border Safety or different sources.
As properly, Trump is fallacious in saying the daddy of the woman who died has absolved U.S. officers of duty. Via household legal professionals, Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz stated he made positive his daughter Jakelin had meals and water as they traveled by way of Mexico. The Border Safety timeline on her case says: “The initial screening revealed no evidence of health issues.” And nothing was talked about concerning the woman being dehydrated.
The report to date neither establishes that U.S. officers have been in charge for the youngsters’s deaths nor clears them of blame, regardless of Trump’s pronouncement. All of the information aren’t recognized, however he rendered what is understood inaccurately.
Circumstances are specified by the Customs and Border Safety accounts of the seize, remedy and deaths of Jakelin Caal, 7, and Felipe Gomez Alonzo , Eight, who each got here to the border with their fathers:
When Jakelin Caal and her father have been caught the night of Dec. 6, her father described her as in good well being and no sickness was noticed by brokers. It’s attainable father and daughter didn’t acknowledge an sickness. The subsequent morning, she vomited on a bus ready to take them to a Border Patrol station, then stopped respiration. Twice revived by Border Patrol personnel, she was then flown by helicopter to an El Paso, Texas, trauma middle, went into cardiac arrest and was revived as soon as extra. She died Dec. Eight at 12:35 a.m.
Trump’s assertion that each youngsters have been very sick earlier than their apprehension is much more flagrantly untethered from the report within the case of Alonzo.
Catarina Alonzo, the boy’s mom, informed The Related Press her son was nicely and consuming hen after arriving on the U.S. border when she spoke with him by telephone.
In accordance with a Border Safety timeline, Felipe and his father, Agustin Gomez, have been caught Dec. 18 close to El Paso. Brokers recorded giving them 23 “welfare checks” — checking on the well-being of father and son — over the subsequent 4 days. No concern concerning the boy’s well being is famous within the timeline. However on Dec. 24, a day after being transferred to a New Mexico middle, the boy was taken to a hospital with a cough and excessive fever, launched after greater than 5 hours with flu drugs, then taken again late that night. He misplaced consciousness on the best way and docs couldn’t revive him.
TRUMP: “I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas.” — tweet Dec. 24.
TRUMP: “Yesterday, I gave out 115 miles’ worth of wall, 115 miles in Texas. It’s going to be built, hopefully rapidly. I’m going there at the end of January for the start of construction.” — remarks to reporters Tuesday.
THE FACTS: He seems to be representing work financed months in the past, as new development. A president can’t merely give out a development contract. U.S. Customs and Border Safety and the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers award contracts for border wall development after Congress approves the cash and months have gone into planning.
In March, Congress authorised cash for 33 miles of development in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest hall for unlawful border crossings. The federal government stated in November that development within the Rio Grande Valley would start in February. Focused areas embrace the nonprofit Nationwide Butterfly Middle, a state park and privately owned ranches and farmland.
Trump’s assertion that he plans to go to the location in late January suggests he could also be referring to this beforehand introduced development.
It’s a thriller how he comes up with 115 miles, and neither the White Home nor the Homeland Safety Division defined that when requested.
Homeland Safety has stated the cash permitted by Congress in March can pay for 84 miles altogether alongside the southern border, together with the Texas stretch. If the Trump administration acquired the whole $5 billion it’s requested from Congress, the administration says that may be sufficient to construct 215 miles of barrier.
What’s not a thriller is that Trump has repeatedly exaggerated what’s been completed on his marketing campaign promise to construct a wall sealing the border with Mexico.
TRUMP: “You just got one of the biggest pay raises you ever received. Unless you don’t want it. Does anybody here? Is anybody here willing to give up the big pay raise you just got? I don’t see too many hands. Ah, OK. Don’t give it up. It’s great. You know what? Nobody deserves it more. You haven’t gotten one in more than 10 years. More than 10 years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one.” — remarks prompting cheers from troops Wednesday at al-Asad Air Base in Iraq.
THE FACTS: He’s mistaken about there being no pay improve for service members in additional than 10 years and about their increase being particularly giant. U.S. army members have gotten a pay increase yearly for many years. As nicely, a number of within the final 10 years have been bigger than service members are getting now — 2.four % this yr and a couple of.6 % in 2019. Raises in 2008, 2009 and 2010, for instance, have been all three.four % or extra.
Trump has repeatedly informed service members that they’re getting the most important or solely pay increase that they’ve acquired in 10 years or extra. In Might, for instance, he informed graduates of the USA Naval Academy: “We just got you a big pay raise. First time in 10 years.”
TRUMP: “You had plenty of people, they came up, they said, you know we could make it smaller. We could make it 3 percent, we could make it 2 percent, we could make it 4 percent. I said, ‘no, make it 10 percent — make it more than 10 percent.’” — remarks Wednesday at al-Asad base.
THE FACTS: No matter he may need stated on the time, the two.6 % for 2019 clearly falls far in need of the 10 % or extra that he implied was achieved.
TRUMP: “For all of the sympathizers out there of Brett McGurk remember, he was the Obama appointee who was responsible for loading up airplanes with 1.8 Billion Dollars in CASH & sending it to Iran as part of the horrific Iran Nuclear Deal (now terminated) approved by Little Bob Corker.” — tweet Monday.
THE FACTS: There are three or extra issues incorrect with this brief tweet as he takes a slap at a retiring Republican senator who criticized him, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and a U.S. official who resigned in protest towards Trump’s plan to tug troops from Syria, Brett McGurk.
First, Corker was no architect of the 2015 deal between world powers and Iran. He was a number one critic of it in Congress.
He argued on the time that President Barack Obama ought to have made the pact a treaty topic to approval by the Senate. When Obama didn’t do this, Corker helped fellow senators write laws that subjected the accord to periodic congressional evaluation. The laws would have blocked the deal if that effort obtained sufficient votes. It didn’t. Obama introduced the deal into impact, not Congress.
Corker has sharply criticized Trump, calling him “utterly untruthful” and answerable for “the debasing of our nation.”
Second, branding McGurk an “Obama appointee” is deceptive. The veteran diplomat bridges administrations. Republican President George W. Bush appointed him as a senior aide for Iraq and Afghanistan. Through the negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal by the Obama administration, McGurk led secret aspect talks with Tehran on the discharge of People imprisoned there. He’s Trump’s envoy to the coalition preventing the Islamic State group in Syria, however quitting in protest of the troop withdrawal.
As for money flown to Iran, that’s true, although Trump is off on the quantity and leaves out necessary context: The cash was a debt owed to Tehran, which purchased army gear from the U.S. that it by no means acquired as a result of relations ruptured when the shah was overthrown in 1979. A cargo aircraft took $400 million, representing the principal, to the Iranians. The remaining $1.three billion, representing curiosity accrued over almost 40 years, was transferred individually.
The diplomatic break meant that quite a lot of money owed between the 2 nations went uncollected and have become the topic of worldwide arbitration. As a part of that course of, Iran paid settlements of greater than $2.5 billion to U.S. residents and companies through the years.
Related Press writers Nomaan Service provider in Houston and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.