President Trump faced voters for the last time before the midterm elections and was asked by moderator Joe Scarborough whether he had “any regrets” about separating parents and children at the border, a policy that Democrats have said they would oppose at any cost if they ever take control of Congress.
“I have no regrets. I have no regrets,” the president responded.
Trump went on to say he wanted “absolutely no children to be separated from their parents.”
Scarborough asked if he regretted breaking up families at the border.
“No, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “And, actually, when you look at the actual numbers, it’s not very true, you know, that’s true. And it’s actually not very true. If you look at the actual numbers, the number of people who are getting broken up. … And if I had the choice today — it wasn’t my choice — to wait three months for a criminal case to be filed for you, or do something else, I’d do exactly the same thing.
“I would get you out as quickly as possible. I’d do it to the best of my ability.”
Trump’s defense of his policy shifted throughout the debate, mirroring his larger defense of his family separation policies, which he said, upon signing them, were his “highest priority” and not to create a “very negative image” for the United States around the world.