Jun 14, 2018

Sanders on separating immigrant children: "It’s very biblical to enforce the law"

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended immigration authorities who are separating parents from their children caught entering the country illegally explaining it's "very biblical to enforce the law" and pointed blame on Democrats who refuse to "close the immigration loophole."

Between the lines: Last week, President Trump falsely claimed that the current practice stems from a "law" passed by Democrats. The administration made the decision as part of its "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.

The details: In an heated exchange with a reporter, Sanders repeatedly said it's the law to separate immigrant children and from their parents. Her remarks came in defense to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who earlier Thursday, during a speech to law enforcement officers cited the Bible to justify the zero-tolerance border policy.

On Trump praising Kim: Holding a formal press conference for the first time since the Trump-Kim summit, Sanders responded to criticism over Trump hailing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a "smart"and who "loves his people" saying he "hasn't down-played Kim's human rights offenses against his citizens. She said Trump had brought up the issue at the summit.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Mike Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 NDAs
  2. Wells Fargo to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges
  3. Bloomberg campaign says Tennessee vandalism "echoes language" from Bernie supporters
  4. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  5. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.

Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 nondisclosure agreements

Mike Bloomberg. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Mike Bloomberg said Friday his company will release women identified to have signed three nondisclosure agreements so they can publicly discuss their allegations against him if they wish.

Why it matters, via Axios' Margaret Talev: Bloomberg’s shift in policy toward NDAs comes as he tries to stanch his loss of female support after the Las Vegas debate. It is an effort to separate the total number of harassment and culture complaints at the large company from those directed at him personally. That could reframe the criticism against him, but also protect the company from legal fallout if all past NDAs were placed in jeopardy.