Trump Again Floats Busing Migrants To Sanctuary Cities, Decries Reporting On It

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: President Donald Trump delivers remarks on 5G deployment in the United States on April 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump on Saturday re-stated his belief that sanctuary cities should take in migrants and asylum seekers who are released from government custody. But it was not clear whether he would actually order the Department of Homeland Security to begin transporting people in its custody to sanctuary cities, or whether the tweets were meant as political attacks alone.

When The Washington Post first reported Thursday on early, behind-the-scenes discussions among Trump administration officials of busing undocumented migrants to sanctuary cities — meaning, generally, cities that do not share jail or arrest data with federal immigration agents —  the White House told the paper the “suggestion” of doing so had been “floated and rejected.”

A day later, though, Trump revived the idea on Twitter. On Saturday night, he did so again.

Trump also accused The New York Times (falsely, per the Times’ Maggie Haberman) of not contacting the White House for comment on a story about immigration.

Late Friday, Trump denied reports from the Times and CNN that he dangled a pardon before then-Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, should McAleenan be found to have broken the law for closing the border, as Trump reportedly told him to do. Trump denied the story again Saturday:

Part of the Times story noted: “Last year, Trump administration officials had floated the idea of transporting migrants to sanctuary cities.”

The Times’ Haberman noted that Trump’s repeated confirmation of that story clashed with his claims about the paper.

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