Trump: Women being “raped at levels that nobody’s ever seen before”
President Trump said on Thursday, when talking about immigration at a West Virginia event, that women are being "raped at levels that nobody's ever seen before." Trump was in West Virginia for a tax reform discussion.
Take note: Trump's comment about "this journey coming up" appears to reference the caravan of people seeking asylum in the U.S. coming through South America, which he has commented on before. Per BuzzFeed's Adolfo Flores, who is traveling with the group, there have been no rapes reported "in or around the caravan."
The big picture: It's unclear whether the president was referring to women in the U.S. when he said this, but according to the FBI's Crime statistics, the number of rapes in the U.S. decreased 2.4% in January 2017 compared to January 2016. There are not clear records from Mexico on rape statistics in the country.
Update: A White House spokesman told the AP Trump was referring to migrants journeying to the U.S. through Mexico. It's "a widely reported fact" that there is "extensive and extreme victimization of those making the journey north with coyotes/smugglers in general,'' Hogan Gidley told the AP.