WASHINGTON – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the Democrats should work with Republicans to address the nation’s border security problems, including human trafficking, rather than “exploit children for the Democratic Party’s partisan benefit.”
Gingrich told PJM that Schumer was being his “usual destructive self” by refusing to support a permanent legislative solution to U.S. immigration authorities separating children from their parents when they are caught attempting to illegally enter the U.S.
PJM asked Gingrich if he thinks Melania and Ivanka Trump influenced Trump to sign the executive order that would require families detained at the border to be held together.
“I think President Trump as a father and grandfather knows that looking at pain in children is terrible, and I think he wanted to do the right thing. And I think it took him to realize it’s going to take change in the law and I think he’s clearly committed to changing the law,” he replied. “I think the person you should go interview is Chuck Schumer and ask him, is he really going to put Democratic politics above children?”
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