White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave a witty reply to a reporter at the White House press briefing Thursday afternoon.
CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta asked Sanders about Attorney General Jeff Sessions referencing the Bible to justify the separation of immigrant families.
Sanders said she couldn’t comment on Sessions’ specific claim but that it’s “very biblical to enforce the law.”
After Acosta asked for clarification, the press secretary took a dig at him.
“I know it’s hard for you to understand even short sentences,” Sanders said.
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Asked about Jeff Sessions’ claim that separating children from parents is rooted in the Bible, Sanders says “it it is very biblical to enforce the law.”
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After the audible response from members of the press died down, she continued by blaming Democrats for the policy separating children from their parents.
“The separation of illegal alien families is the product of the same legal loopholes that Democrats refuse to close,” Sanders said. “[…] The Democrats have failed to come to the table, failed to help this president close these loopholes and fix this problem.”
When further pressed by Acosta, Sanders said the families had to be separated “because it’s the law.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the actions “barbaric” Thursday morning at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast.
“That’s not American,” Pelosi said. “It’s not faith-based.”
Sanders said the president was simply enforcing a policy that has been present for “decades.” However, last month, Sessions announced a new goal to prosecute 100 percent of families illegally crossing the southwest border.
AG Sessions during speech at the U.S.-Mexico border:
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“If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you, and that child may be separated from you, as required by law,” Sessions said at a conference.
The GOP is working on an immigration bill that would prevent children from being separated from their parents.