A CNN reporter interviewing migrants traveling through Mexico confronted women with a question about “the rapes that President Trump had talked about.”
In video from Mexico, Leyla Santiago was seen interviewing some of the more than 1,000 migrants who were headed to the U.S. border in order to seek asylum on Friday.
As one woman exited a bus in Puebla holding a child, Santiago approached her with microphone in hand.
“She has two children,” the reporter said, translating as the woman responded to her question. “She’s saying there is a lot of violence where she’s coming from.”
Asked if they were “dangerous,” the woman responded that “a child of this age cannot be dangerous.”
The president addressed the annual Pueblo Sin Fronteras caravan traveling from Central America through Mexico to the United States in a roundtable discussion in West Virginia on Thursday, referring to his claim at the launch of his campaign accusing illegal migrants headed for the United States of rape.
“When I opened. Everybody said, ‘Oh, he was so tough,’ and I used the word rape. And yesterday, it came out where this journey coming up,” he said. “Women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before. They don’t want to mention that. So we have to change our laws.”
Mexican authorities moved to break up the so-called caravan, which Trump celebrated in a tweet.
The Caravan is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene at our Border. Because of the Trump Administrations actions, Border crossings are at a still UNACCEPTABLE 46 year low. Stop drugs!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2018
But CNN’s reporter was on a mission of her own, asking the woman directly about the president’s remarks.
Santiago asked the mother “about the rapes President Trump has talked about on this journey.”
The woman seemed nit to understand the question and asked Santiago to repeat it before replying that the “women have not been assaulted.”