MSNBC host Alex Wagner repeatedly grilled a White House official Tuesday, repeatedly pressing her over President Barack Obama’s “refusal” to visit the humanitarian crisis occurring on the Southern border.
“One thing seems to be bipartisan accord on, if I can say that in these days, is that a lot of folks on both sides of the aisle think it is imperative that the president visit the border and t is not just Republicans,” Wanger told Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
“Why is the president not visiting the border?” she then asked her.
“So what the border situation needs is the full attention all across the administration, from the president on down. That’s what’s been happening since June 1st,” Muñoz responded, noting that the administration has deployed the Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice to work on the crisis.
“Can I just interrupt you Cecilia — and we’re well aware of the cabinet members who visited,” Wagner replied. “The White House weeks ago designated this as a humanitarian crisis, the president visits crisis all over this country. Why is he not going to the border to look at this one?”
“The president is very, very focused on this urgent humanitarian situation,” Muñoz answered, contending the “whole government” is involved in the situation.
That answer didn’t appear to quell Wagner.
“So do you expect there will be no blowback that the president will be in the state of Texas at the fundraiser meeting with a governor to talk about the situation and refuses to go to the actual place where the crisis is happening?” she asked.
Muñoz again replied that the important aspect is that the whole government is working at the highest levels to solve the “urgent humanitarian” situation at the border.
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