Trump responds to Rio Grande tragedy, blames Democrats

Trump responds to Rio Grande tragedy, blames Democrats

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United States President Donald Trump has responded to the drowning of a Salvadoran father and his daughter who tried to cross the Rio Grande River to enter the US.

Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie Valeria were found deceased on Monday (local time) on the banks of the river.

Mr Trump blamed the Democrats for the deaths, claiming their “open borders” stance and asylum seeker policies were responsible.

Open borders is not a mainstream Democrat policy.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Wednesday (local time), Mr Trump said: “If we had the right laws that the Democrats are not letting us have, those people, they wouldn’t be coming up, they wouldn’t be trying.

“[The Democrats] want to have open borders and open borders mean crime and open borders mean people drowning in the rivers.”

Meanwhile, Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden posted a photo of the drowned father and daughter on Facebook and wrote:

“This image is gut-wrenching. The cruelty we’re seeing at our border is unconscionable. History will judge how we respond to the Trump Administration’s treatment of immigrant families & children — we can’t be silent. This isn’t who we are. This is not America. “

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