CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta just can’t stop spinning false stories about President Donald Trump.
He was back to form today, completely misrepresenting remarks that President Donald Trump made while giving a speech about his new immigration plan.
Acosta claimed that Trump said that all asylum seekers were making frivolous claims.
But that wasn’t what Trump said, at all.
Indeed, it was the opposite, with Trump distinguishing between legitimate asylum seekers and how people falsely claiming asylum hurt those legitimate people’s claims.
From Free Beacon:
“We must also restore the integrity of our broken asylum system,” Trump said. “Our nation has a proud history of affording protection to those fleeing government persecutions.”
“Unfortunately legitimate asylum seekers are being displaced by those lodging frivolous claims—these are frivolous claims—to gain admission into our country,” he said. “Asylum abuse also strains our public school systems, our hospitals, our local shelters, using funds that we should and that have to go to elderly veterans, at-risk youth, Americans in poverty and those in genuine need of protection.”
“We’re using the funds that should be going to them and that shouldn’t happen,” he continued. “My plan expedites relief for legitimate asylum-seekers by screening out the meritless claims. If you have a proper claim, you will quickly be admitted. If you don’t, you will promptly be returned home.”
Acosta also cited a tweet from NBC News reporter Julia Edwards Ainsley who claimed that Trump was wrong for saying that “most claims by families cross the border are frivolous.”
But Trump never said that.
And if she and Acosta mean that fewer than 1 percent of asylum claims of families crossing turn out not to be legitimate that, of course, is grossly false.
As the DHS has said in the past, about 80% of the asylum claims are not legitimate.