Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren was furious Thursday after finding out that President Obama called Mexican President Peña Nieto and didn’t discuss U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.
“President Obama and the President of Mexico spoke today,” Van Susteren wrote on “Gretawire.” “There is no mention in this press release of our Marine, Sgt. Tahmooressi, who has been languishing in a Mexican prison since March 31. I hope President Obama did not blow this one … did he mention Sgt. Tahmooressi to President Nieto or not?”
The “On the Record” host has covered the plight of Tahmooressi extensively since he took a wrong turn and landed in Mexico while possessing firearms. He’s been locked up ever since.
“I am so hoping that President Obama had a ‘side conversation’ with and a promise by President Nieto that somehow is not part of the read out,” Van Susteren said. “A side conversation? And a promise? It is possible….I sure hope so.”
The White House’s account of the president’s call appeared to focus on the mass numbers of children coming across the border, describing it this way:
This afternoon President Obama spoke by phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss a regional strategy to address the influx of unaccompanied children coming from Central America, through Mexico, to the U.S.-Mexico border. The President noted that Vice President Biden will attend a regional meeting in Guatemala on Friday, June 20, to discuss the urgent humanitarian issue, and welcomed the opportunity to work in close cooperation with Mexico to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America. He also discussed the United States and Mexico’s shared responsibility for promoting security in both countries and in the region.
The President noted that the United States and Mexico can collaborate on a number of areas related to the issue, including by working together to return the children safely to their families and to build Central American capacity to receive returned individuals. The President also noted that these unaccompanied children are vulnerable to crime and abuse, and welcomed Mexico’s efforts to help target the criminals that lure families to send children on the dangerous journey and to alert potential migrants to the perils of the journey and the likelihood that they will be returned to Central America. The President also reiterated that arriving migrants will not qualify for legalization under proposed immigration reform legislation or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).
“Frankly, the more I think about it, the more I am convinced that President Obama had to have said something, made some sort of deal,” Van Susteren said. “He could not just ignore Sgt. Tahmooressi, right? No one could ignore this, right?”
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