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‘Happy to provide the facts’: DHS spox reality checks CNN journo on Trump’s border wall claims

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The Department of Homeland Security schooled CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto on how to put “facts first” when claiming to do a fact-check on the president.

Sciutto offered his analysis of President Donald Trump’s showdown with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, focusing on a claim about terrorists being caught at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The president’s statement about the arrest of 10 terrorists at the border was questioned by CNN and Sciutto noted Wednesday that, after being referred to the Department of Homeland Security by the White House, he still had no answers.

“DHS did not have any information about 10 recent terror arrests,” he said, saying statistics were provided that did not relate to the southern border.

“DHS did not provide evidence of a single terrorist caught at the southern border over the very last short period of time as the president claimed,” Sciutto added.

The CNN reporter was sure to mention that this wasn’t the first time Trump has “implied” that the terror threat makes the wall necessary.

But DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton provided a swift reality check for Sciutto.

Apparently, all Sciutto had to do was ask.

The average CNN viewer probably took Sciutto’s analysis as fact but Twitter users called out the deliberate misrepresentation and gave the DHS a round of applause for stepping up.

Frieda Powers


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