Over the weekend, the Red Cross tweeted about its desire to help immigrant children separated from their families at the border but how it hasn't been given permission to access facilities where they are being held.
The humanitarian organization added that there are several "trusted organizations providing assistance" and even attached a link to a list of them.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough twisted Red Cross's statement to say it was "banned" from helping at all:
Trump’s Centralized State is even banning the Red Cross from visiting those infants and toddlers being incarcerated by Trump. What do Trump and Pence have to hide? https://t.co/envB35OsLz— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 23, 2018
The Red Cross decided to set Joe straight and let him know what really was going on:
This is not true, and we are sorry if our statement led you to this conclusion. We’ve had discussions with federal officials to see if there is a way we can help, but no one is “banning” us from anything, and if there is a role for the Red Cross to play, we will.— American Red Cross (@RedCross) June 23, 2018
The Red Cross added, "We have been in contact at many different levels of the Administration to offer our help with the border situation. Officials have welcomed and appreciated the discussions, understand our capabilities, and know that Red Cross help is available."
But it doesn’t end there! Joe insisted on his spin of the original statement.
Your statement clearly states that you cannot help those incarcerated because despite your offers to help, the government did not grant you access.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 23, 2018
I understand the position you are in. But focus on missing children and leave the spin to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. https://t.co/PMWXRg4qF2
Looks like the only one trying to spin this in favor of their own political agenda is you, Joe.
After the "Morning Joe" host threw his two cents in, everyone else lost their minds and decided to join in on the absurdity.
Members of Congress and reporters are denied access to the camps.— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly 🌊 BWCS (@AynRandPaulRyan) June 22, 2018
Senators are arrested for trying to deliver toys to kids in the camps.
And now, the Red Cross is being turned away.
It's almost as if the administration knows they're doing something wrong.🤔#FridayFeeling https://t.co/IZrmNRHymb
Refusing to allow the Red Cross to access detention facilities where children are being held is the kind of behavior we've come to expect from the likes of Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong-un.— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) June 23, 2018
It's called weaponized humanitarian access, and it's a human rights violation. https://t.co/KmR6LiqSjb
The Red Cross “is not a federal agency” according to their website -- despite its "close relationship with the federal government.” They are still discussing with the administration exactly how they can help at the border.