During a press conference on Saturday, President Joe Biden had a screaming meltdown after a reporter asked him about his comments relating to paying illegal aliens $450,000.
“If, in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border, whether it was legally or illegally, and you lost your child — You lost your child. It’s gone — you deserve some kind of compensation, no matter what the circumstance,” Biden said as he raged and waved his finger. “What that will be I have no idea. I have no idea.”
WATCH the meltdown below:
.@POTUS SNAPS AT REPORTER: “If, in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you were coming across the border, whether it was legal or illegal, & you lost your child! You lost your child! It’s gone! You deserve some kind of compensation!” pic.twitter.com/LGntjL21R4
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 7, 2021
Check out what The Hill reported:
Biden’s impassioned comments came during a press conference on the passage of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. He was questioned about his remarks earlier in the week when he was asked about reports that his administration was preparing to pay separated families up to $450,000 per individual, which Biden said was “not gonna happen.”
The president on Saturday said he was specifically referring to the dollar amount that had been reported, not the concept of compensating separated families entirely.
The payments would come as part of settlements with separated families suing the government over treatment during the Trump era. Under the zero tolerance policy, thousands of children were separated from their parents and placed in shelters while the adults were prosecuted.
Last Thursday, the White House announced that the government would be open to settling with illegal families in court.
“If it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration’s use of zero tolerance and family separation behind us, the president is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the United States government,” White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said to reporters.
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