White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hosted a tense press conference Thursday as reporters challenged her on the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border. "The attorney general earlier today said that somehow there is a justification for this in the Bible," said CNN's Jim Acosta. "Where does it say in the Bible that it is moral to take children away from their mothers?"
Sanders said she wasn't aware of the attorney general's comments or what he was referencing, but "I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible." As Acosta started to push back, Sanders shut him down by saying: "I know it's hard for you to understand even short sentences."
Asked about Jeff Sessions' claim that separating children from parents is rooted in the Bible, Sanders says "it it is very biblical to enforce the law."
She then calls @Acosta dumb, saying, "I know it's hard for you to understand even short sentences." pic.twitter.com/LnQrBUvDBe
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 14, 2018
As the press conference went on, CNN's Brian Karem lost his patience with Sanders' explanations. "Come on, Sarah, you're a parent," he said, standing up to confront her. "Don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through?" Watch the heated moment below. Jeva Lange
"Come on Sarah, you're a parent. Don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through?" CNN political analyst Brian Karem presses White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on family separations at the US-Mexico border https://t.co/b6r513WU0R pic.twitter.com/FqdjUK4Jhe
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