Jul 14, 2019

On migrant detention centers, Trump and Pence say very different things

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President Trump and Vice President Pence have given conflicting accounts of migrant detention centers.

What they're saying: When asked if the conditions at a southern border facility were acceptable, Pence told CNN on Friday, "No, it's not." But Trump tweeted Sunday that a tour showed the men's facilities to be "clean but crowded," adding that they were "also loaded up with a big percentage of criminals."

Driving the news: Pence, alongside other administration officials, visited two immigration facilities Friday, with one housing families and the other housing single adults. While the family facility offered a view of children and parents watching films together and snacking, the male facility reportedly featured drastic overcrowding, stench-inducing heat and men sleeping on concrete floors.

But Trump said the tour was a vindication for the facilities, saying they discredit a New York Times report depicting them as crowded and filthy.

What they're saying: In talking to CNN, Pence put the onus on Congress, saying that the facility "ought to be a very clear message to every American that the time for action is now and the time for Congress to act to end the flow of families that are coming north from Central America to our border is now."

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Trump says he wants meeting with Schumer on immigration "ASAP"

President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted Sunday night that he wants to set up a meeting on immigration with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) "ASAP."

Go deeperArrowJul 22, 2019

Pence signals openness to sanctions over China's human rights abuses

Pence at the UN. Photo: Selcuk Acar/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence has signaled that the Trump administration is open to using the Global Magnitsky Act to sanction top officials in Xinjiang, China, where more than 1 million Uighur Muslims are being held in internment camps, according to a Chinese religious freedom advocate who met with Pence at the White House Monday.

Driving the news: Bob Fu, founder of ChinaAid, said that Pence also told him that he planned to give a second speech about China in the fall to address religious freedom issues. Beijing has been paying close attention to Pence's plans for a second speech, as the vice president has been at the forefront of the administration's confrontation with China. So hawkish was a speech Pence gave in October that the New York Times framed it as a portent of a "New Cold War."

Go deeperArrowAug 6, 2019

Axios-NewsWhip 2020 attention tracker: Dems winning immigration messaging fight

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Negative stories about the Trump administration's immigration policies are getting much more online attention than stories that appeal to readers with immigration views aligned with the president, according to data from NewsWhip exclusively provided to Axios.

Why it matters: According to this tracker — which measures reach and engagement — immigration has been the top issue throughout the campaign by far, and President Trump has continuously leaned into it because he sees it as a political winner. This data shows that he's losing the war of how this issue is being framed online.

Go deeperArrowJul 24, 2019