“I’m still processing this, and finding it hard to believe that he wants to push the issue of separating children from their parents,” Scaramucci, who was briefly White House communications director, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “Cuomo Prime Time.”
Scaramucci said he understands Trump wants to “slow down the migration” and asylum seekers, “but if he’s pushing an agenda to separate women from their children at the border that’s going to be a disastrous agenda, so I hope he’s rethinking that.”
He said he hopes there are people around the President telling him “that’s not going to be politically palatable in the United States.” He added, “it’s just frankly un-American.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper reported earlier on Monday that the President has been pushing to reinstate broader family separation policies.
Trump wanted families separated at the border even if they came in at a legal port of entry and were legal asylum seekers, according to multiple sources. The President thinks the separations work to deter migrants from coming to the border, and wanted families separated even if they were apprehended within the US.
Now-ousted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tried to explain to Trump they could not bring the policy back because of court challenges, sources told CNN. White House staffers tried to explain it would be an unmitigated PR disaster.
“He just wants to separate families,” a senior administration official told CNN.