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'He Got Caught Doing Exactly What He Wanted to Do!’: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Explains Why Trump ‘Blinked’ on Family Separation Policy

June 20, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“He didn't blink because he had some sort of wave of morality.”

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace argued Wednesday that President Donald Trump's decision to stop defending the separation of immigrant families was not a moral awakening on his part, but a cold, political calculation.

It was the devastating impact of the images and reporting on the administration's policy that finally changed his mind, she argued.

“I think he just got caught doing exactly what he wanted to do,” she said on her show “Deadline: White House.” “If we hadn't seen those images, if we hadn't heard the audio of children wailing, if the AP hadn't reported there were three basically prisons for locking up infants and toddlers, I don't think he would have changed — he didn't blink because he had some sort of wave of morality.”

She added: “He blinked for the reasons you just said. He didn't like losing control of the narrative.”

However, even though Trump backed away from defending the separation of families on Wednesday, it's far from clear what effect the order will actually have or what will happen to the families already divided.

“To be clear, we still have not seen anything like the real images of what is going on in these facilities because in most cases cameras have — independent cameras have not been allowed in,” contributor John Heilemann said. “When you hear as [MSNBC Correspondent] Jacob Soboroff heard yesterday, 'we'll show you a picture from 2016, and we might get you pictures from a current date, like 48 hours,' you have to be an idiot to not think there is a cover-up of — the press should be allowed into those facilities.”

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